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Ellsbury on the trading block?

In an effort to get Minnesota pitcher Johan Santana, the Red Sox have mentioned Jacoby Ellsbury in a potential deal for the 2-time Cy Young winner.


The Yankees appeared to be close to reeling in Johan Santana this weekend. But hang on. This soap opera isn't quite over yet.

For one thing, the Yankees have told Minnesota their offer of Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera and a respectable prospect is a take-it-or-leave-it proposition, not a conversation-starter -- and they want an answer by the end of the day Monday.

For another thing, the Red Sox have upped the ante by agreeing to include Jacoby Ellsbury in their offer. So even though Jon Lester and Clay Buchholz apparently are not part of that package, the Sox at least have given the Twins even more to think about.

That seems quite ridiculous to me. The Red Sox have great pitching, so the addition of another Cy Young-capable pitcher seems unnecessary. We saw what Jacoby gave the Red Sox in the World Series, and I can't possibly imagine that they would want to give him up.

That's about all that's been said so far-- with the Yankees setting a deadline for the Twins, we could get answers about Jacoby's destination today.

This is not good.