Buchholz or Ellsbury for Santana ?
Posted by athomeatfenway on November 24, 2007
The Sox are in the hunt for Johan Santana. The Twins want two young, cheap, excellent-upside players plus two minor league prospects. And now, Jon Lester, Clay Bucholz, and Jacoby Ellsbury, and possibly Coco Crisp are in the discussion. I’d really like to see Theo pull the trigger on this one. Give Jon Lester a plane ticket. Lester doesn’t get better with every start, he seems to get worse. He puts men on and struggles to have a clean inning. And, give Clay Buchholz a plane ticket, too, because a no-hitter doesn’t make Buchholz a solid major leaguer. Plenty of kids have had a big day in the spotlight. Remember Anibal Sanchez, who pitched a no-hitter in his 5th MLB start, then whoops, tore his labrum. Remember Bud Smith, who pitched a no-no for the Cards in 2000 at the age of 21, and pitched his final MLB game at the age of 22 ? AJ Burnett was 24 when he no-hit the Padres, but he’s 58W-54L since, with 8 trips to the D.L. in 7 years. Eric Milton, Jose Jimenez, the list goes on. Meanwhile, Santana brings a career winning pct. of .679, a 3.33 career ERA, and four sub-3.00 ERA seasons. He strikes out many and walks few. He has had just one stint on the D.L .- 6 years ago. At age 28, he could give his next team a great 5 year run as a #1 starter. I like a rotation of Beckett, Santana, Schilling, Wakefield and Matsuzaka. Holy Smokes ! Don’t you ? Schill, sadly, is not expected to be here in 2009. Send Lester, Buchholz plus two prospects for Santana. Just lock up Johan for 5 years before the trade gets done. And if they insist on Ellsbury in a package w Lester and prospects, do it ! Red Sox fans deserve a long, long extension of this heady era of Soxcess, and Santana will help extend it.