Johan Santana Trade Talks Heat Up, Yankees Prep Roster


With the Yankees’ upgraded offer for Twins left-hander Johan Santana now on the table Saturday morning, Yankees’ officials are confident that they will sign Santana if a deal is worked out. And the club’s internal plan, if center fielder Melky Cabrera is included in the trade, is to switch veteran Johnny Damon from left field back to center field.

The Twins continue to discuss possible deals from other teams, including the Dodgers and Mariners, and they are scheduled to speak with the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon. Boston’s offer on the table is for pitcher Jon Lester, center fielder Coco Crisp and minor league infielder Jed Lowrie, and a fourth player — a minor league pitcher — is to be determined. The Twins want the Red Sox to add either center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury or pitcher Clay Buchholz to the deal, and there are indications that if they do, that offer is what Minnesota will prefer



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