Angels Also Interested in Santana

Santana is now a triple threat on the market.The latest news from the Winter Meetings is that the Los Angels Angels, according to multiple sources, have decided to jump the Johan Santana bandwagon. The Angels have scheduled a meeting with the Twins on Tuesday, thereby making the Red Sox and the Yankees not the only potential suitors for Santana’s services.

Again, Santana is seeking a deal for as many as six years and upwards of $100 million on the open market after the 2008 season.

The Angels, after having signed Torii Hunter to a five-year, $90 million free-agent contract, are currently sitting at a $123 million payroll.

The Angels’ interest in Santana could be an indication that the Angels are no longer interested (or as interested) in acquiring Miguel Cabrera of the Florida Marlins. The Angels and Marlins have had ongoing discussions about the 24-year-old slugger, with Florida apparently asking for way more than the Angels are prepared to give up in young talent.

From the Angles, the Twins are likely to demand a package of players featuring starter Jered Weaver and shortstop/third baseman Brandon Wood. Additionally, the Twins would probably also want either Ervin Santana or Joe Saunders included in the deal for Santana.

The Angels have a lot of pitchers, so they are way more than capable of disposing of one pitcher. With Garland, they now have six starters, so the Angels could give up two starters and another prospect for Santana.

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~ by mlb2007playoffs on December 4, 2007.

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