Yankees' deadline for Johan Santana trade passes Print
Written by Admin   
Tuesday, 04 December 2007 02:49
MLB Headline News

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -Hank Steinbrenner's deadline for a Johan Santana trade with Minnesota passed without an agreement.
``I want to get it done by tonight, one way or another,'' Steinbrenner said Monday evening.
A Yankees official said no trade was imminent and New York thought Minnesota would hold onto Santana for now. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the Yankees didn't make any public statements.
Steinbrenner, a senior vice president and son of owner George Steinbrenner, said ``we've got a lot of stuff going on'' and wouldn't say one way or another whether talks were on or off.
New Twins general manager Bill Smith didn't seem concerned about the deadline. Of course, baseball teams let deadlines pass all the time only to resume talks later.
``We've got good players. We have players that maybe other clubs would like to acquire,'' he said. ``We've had a lot of years where we keep going over and picking up the phone receiver to make sure the dial tone was still (there). We couldn't get the phone to ring.''
New York offered pitcher Phil Hughes, center fielder Melky Cabrera and a midlevel prospect. The Red Sox are thought to have offered Jon Lester, Clay Buchholz or Jacoby Ellsbury - but only one of them - as part of a deal.
Santana's agent, Peter Greenberg, said his client was angered by a report that he has told the Twins to only trade him to the Yankees or Red Sox. Santana has made no such request, Greenberg said, and also hasn't ruled out returning to the Twins next season.
``He was very adamant about that. He wanted to make sure we clarified that. That upset him,'' Greenberg said. ``He's been very clear all along that he wants Bill to make the best deal possible.''
Red Sox general manager Theo Epstein didn't express any time pressure. He said there was no expiration date on any of his trade talks.
``I think we've only done that when we thought it was in our best interest,'' Epstein said. ``We don't have current discussions ongoing for which I think that would be in our best interest. We're pretty content with where we are and we don't think anything major is getting held up.''
New York did get a left-hander Monday: Andy Pettitte decided to pitch for the Yankees next season rather than retire.
Pettitte's agent, Randy Hendricks, said Monday that the 35-year-old lefty had started telling teammates on Sunday. Hendricks then informed general manager Brian Cashman of the news.
Hendricks said Yankees captain Derek Jeter and catcher Jorge Posada had lobbied Pettitte to return, and the pitcher consulted his wife.
``Players such as Jeter and Posada told him how much they needed him back, as did Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi,'' Hendricks said. ``Andy decided this weekend that he didn't want to keep the Yankees on hold as they sought to determine their team for next year.''
After Pettitte declined his $16 million option last month, wanting more time for his decision, the Yankees left him a standing $16 million offer.
``Sure, I'm happy,'' Steinbrenner said. ``There's still a couple details to work out there.''
In other news:
-Former commissioner Bowie Kuhn and ex-Dodgers owner Walter O'Malley were elected to the Hall of Fame by the revamped Veterans Committee along with managers Dick Williams and Billy Southworth and former Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss. Ex-players' association head Marvin Miller saw his vote plummet from 64 percent to 25 percent, largely due to a shift that made current and former management members a majority.
-Washington acquired outfielder Elijah Dukes from Tampa Bay for minor league left-hander Glenn Gibson.
-The Chicago White Sox obtained outfielder Carlos Quentin from Arizona for minor league first baseman Chris Carter.
-Boston reached a preliminary agreement on a $3 million, one-year contract with reliever Mike Timlin.
-The Yankees finalized their $4 million, two-year deal with backup catcher Jose Molina and designated first baseman Andy Phillips for assignment. Molina, as well as Jorge Posada, are represented by Sam and Seth Levinson, giving them a monopoly on Yankees' catchers.
Other trades were percolating in the meeting rooms.
Florida is expected to deal third baseman Miguel Cabrera sometime soon, and Baltimore is shopping shortstop Miguel Tejada. Oakland is checking out the market for pitcher Dan Haren.
``People are very aggressive now to get something done where before it was more of a feeling-out process. I think now you're going to start seeing a lot of things,'' Cashman said. ``Teams are just now willing to pull the triggers on some things where early in the process they weren't.''
---
AP Sports Writer Jimmy Golen in Nashville, AP Sports Writer John Krawczynski in Minneapolis and AP freelance writer Mark Didtler in Tampa, Fla., contributed to this report.
 

MLB Team Pages

Top MLB Public Bets

#1 901 Detroit Tigers 66%
#2 901 Detroit Tigers 66%
#3 901 Detroit Tigers 66%
#4 901 Detroit Tigers 66%
#5 947 San Francisco Giants 59%
#6 947 San Francisco Giants 59%
#7 947 San Francisco Giants 59%
#8 947 San Francisco Giants 59%
#9 907 St Louis Cardinals 53%
#10 907 St Louis Cardinals 53%
View All: NFL |  NBA |  NCAAF |  NCAAB |  MLB |  NHL

MLB Futures

MLB TEAM WORLD SERIES ODDS CURRENT
LOS ANGELES ANGELS 5/1
LOS ANGELES DODGERS 5/1
WASHINGTON NATIONALS 11/2
DETROIT TIGERS 6/1
BALTIMORE ORIOLES 13/2
ST LOUIS CARDINALS 8/1
OAKLAND ATHLETICS 11/1
SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS 12/1
PITTSBURGH PIRATES 14/1
KANSAS CITY ROYALS 16/1
View All

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Contact Us | Advertising | 888-99-SPREAD

THIS IS NOT A GAMBLING SITE – If you think you have a gambling problem click here.

Disclaimer: This site is for informational and entertainment purposes only. Individual users are responsible for the laws regarding accessing gambling information from their jurisdictions. Many countries around the world prohibit gambling, please check the laws in your location. Any use of this information that may violate any federal, state, local or international law is strictly prohibited.

Copyright: The information contained on TheSpread.com website is protected by international copyright and may not be reproduced, or redistributed in any way without expressed written consent.

About: TheSpread.com is the largest sports betting news site in the United States. We provide point spread news, odds, statistics and information to over 199 countries around the world each year. Our coverage includes all North American College and Professional Sports as well as entertainment, political and proposition wagering news.

©1999-2013 TheSpread.com