Latest on Lowell: Yankees never made an offer. With A-Rod coming back and Giambi and (hopefully if he's ready) Shelly Duncan at first. Plus Lowell has never played first before.The New York Daily News reported that the initial report by a Boston TV station was "purely fantasy".
Indians sign Japanese free-agent right-hander Masahide Kobayashi who spent the last nine seasons with the Chiba Lotte Marines of the Japanese Pacific League and is one of the more accomplished closers in his country's history. He saved at least 20 games in each of the last seven seasons, and he tallied 227 saves and a 2.79 ERA for his career in Japan.
Do you think this makes the Santana talks moot? I don't know if the Twins can afford to lose Garza and Santana and expect to stay competitive. As good as he may be, you can't put the rotation on the shoulders of Boof Bonzer.
I'm not going to try and get into the mind of thier GM, but if Santana goes, and the rumors of Nathan being on the Chopping block, they may be rebuilding. Thier hitting stars (Morneau, Tyner, Mauer, and now Young) are young enough to be patient. Bonzer is a solid #3-4 guy, Liriano will be coming back, and they are trying to get a future #1 for Santana (i.e. Hughes or Chaimberlain from the Yankees) and a young star (i.e. Cano or Carbrerra). If they are sucessful is extending Santana, Nathan may come off the table for now.