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No news on Santana

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  January 2, 2008 09:09 PM

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Anything new on Johan Santana, you ask?

While baseball re-opened for business in most places on Wednesday, the much-anticipated Johan Santana deal to Boston remained in a holding pattern for the foreseeable future. It was fairly quiet on that front on Yawkey Way, while Peter Greenberg, Santana's agent, reported "nothing going on that I know of" when asked if there was anything he was involved with.

Greenberg will likely need to get involved as soon as any deal is agreed upon to determine whether Boston, the Yankees, Mets or another team can sign his client to a long-term deal. Greenberg has indicated it would take a starting bid of 7 years, $140 million to get a deal done for the two-time Cy Young award winner. It's a price the Red Sox are apparently willing to pay. What they might not be willing to pay is the price of prospects. Their offers are still out there - the Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, Jed Lowrie, and Justin Masterson scenario would be preferable to the Jacoby Ellsbury, Masterson, Lowrie and another player scenario. Both sides also appear to be open to expanding the deal to include other players.

Also, there is no new deal yet for manager Terry Francona. The sides have not begun any serious negotiations on a contract extension. It appears there's a general idea of where each side wants to be and a deal should take little time to consummate once the sides actually sit down and chat. Francona is expected to be north of $3 million per year when the deal is finally done. Francona's current contract expires at the end of the 2008 season.

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