Yankees yank Santana offer
The Yankees' pursuit of Johan Santana is over, according to Hank Steinbrenner, the team's senior vice president, after the Yankees and the Minnesota Twins failed to agree on a deal Tuesday. Steinbrenner, who had imposed a deadline of midnight Monday for a deal to be completed, sounded almost relieved that the Yankees would be keeping starter Phil Hughes and center fielder Melky Cabrera, the key players in their proposal.
Schilling wants Santana in Boston
Even Curt Schilling wants to know. The pitcher weighed in on the Johan Santana trade talks on his blog, 38pitches.com, with a vote of support for obtaining Santana via trade, even if it would come at the cost of some of the best prospects in the Red Sox system. That's in agreement with what a lot of baseball people are saying at the winter meetings: Prospects are nice, but a player of Santana's caliber doesn't come around all that often. "A rotation featuring [Josh ] Beckett, Santana as the top two is pretty much as good as it can get," Schilling wrote. "The thought of pitching behind these guys has to fire ya up."
Mets still interested in Hernandez
Omar Minaya, the Mets' general manager, said Tuesday that he planned to speak with the representative of Livan Hernandez, a free-agent pitcher who played last season for Arizona. Asked whether he had spoken with Greg Genske, the agent for Hernandez, Minaya replied: "No, not yet. But I intend to."
Cubs lead chase for Fukudome
Whether the White Sox are serious about Japanese free agent Kosuke Fukudome, the Cubs remain the team to beat for the services of Japan's top hitter. While being careful to respect the cultural nuances of the trans-Pacific pursuit of the outfielder, the Cubs have made it clear Fukudome is their top offseason target. And indications from those close to the Japanese side of the process suggest the Cubs are at the front of a large pack of suitors.