Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Johan Santana Bombshell: No More Contract Talks

Just last month we were speculating on Johan Santana's future with the Twins. Now comes this surprising news that there may be no future beyond 2008:

The Twins may be fighting a losing battle in their efforts to extend Johan Santana's four-year, $40 million contract, which expires at the end of next season. A league source told SI that Minnesota recently offered to add two years to the deal, at around $18 million per season, plus a club option for 2011. That offer, however, falls well short of the seven-year, $126 million figure that Barry Zito received from the Giants this winter and virtually assures that Santana, the Koufax of his generation, will be the hottest free agent in the class of '08. Having set this past Opening Day as his deadline for securing a new deal, Santana has told the Twins that he won't negotiate again until he hits the open market -- when, it should be added, he will only be 29.

Who knows which team Santana could sign with? I know which team he won't be joining: the Giants, $126 million poorer after signing Barry Zito.

UPDATE: "Don't Believe Everything You Read," writes Aaron Gleeman (via MLB Trade Rumors).