Please cease ripping stars away from my favorite team. Hunter was a jab in the side, but we dealt with it. But I really don't want to wake up on Tuesday morning and see news headlines on how the Twins traded Santana. Nothing ever good comes from trading the best player in a sport during their prime.
We dumped David Ortiz to the Sox. Now we're apparently going to dump Santana for Lester (a 2nd or 3rd starter at best), and Coco Crisp!? Please tell me this is all just posturing, and the Twins will come to their senses and keep Santana. The Boston people don't want to lose Ellsbury - but pitching is a premium in baseball.
I'd like to see owner Carl Pohlad, who is in the twilight of his life and probably the richest owner in American Sports, step up and cement his legacy for Minnesota Sports. Lock up Mauer, Morneau, Santana, and Liriano to long term deals. Take the field in your new PUBLICLY FUNDED stadium in 2009 with a premium team, and you'll be making that money back hand over fist.
If this trend continues, eventually Liriano is going to hit the free agent market, and the bidding and trade talks will start with 2 cold cheeseburgers and an ice cream sundae.
The one upside here is that I think Bill Smith doesn't want to start off his career as a GM looking like a goat. Thus, if he doesn't get an awesome deal - I think (hope) he'll have the smarts to step away from this 'deal'.