This was late Monday night, about 12 hours before the Mets would pounce upon their most dramatic trade in recent history. Twins’ general manager Bill Smith, in a panic to move Johan Santana, called the Yankees and admitted surrender: Phil Hughes was no longer a prerequisite, he said. Instead, the Twins asked for Ian Kennedy, Melky Cabrera and a top prospect. Would the Yankees still be interested, Smith wondered?
Obviously, the Yanks passed. Dollars aside, I am not sure that was the right decision after all. I’ve yo-yo’d on this for a while. I’m happy that we kept the kids, but there’s a seed of doubt after reading that paragraph above. That would be a deal to take, not to pass on.
What would the team look like today, had the Yanks agreed to these terms? Well, we’d have to sign a 4th OF, preferably one with speed/youth, like Corey Patterson. He’d be a part time starter in CF, moving to LF or RF at times to spell Abreu and Matsui or Damon (in CF).…