Hot Stove Heating Up

This isn't even the half of it.  Twins rumors are popping up all over the place, and it's hard to keep track of them all.  Who, where, how, when?  I have absolutely no idea.

  •  Ken Rosenthal on Joe Nathan and Matt Garza rumors.
  •  Dayn Perry jumps in on the Santana-to-a-big-market-team wagon, then tries to throw Seattle, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Texas into the mix.
  •  Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald says the Red Sox are happy to throw Coco Crisp into a Santana deal, but are hesitant to part with Jacoby Ellsbury.  Hmm, I wonder why?
  •  Kat O'Brien of newsday.com speculates on a (very weak) package that the Twins could ask of the Yankees, before getting to this very un-Yankee like quote from Steinbrenner:  "We can't mortgage the rest of the future plus pay the rest of the contract."  What?  A STEINBRENNER said that?  Doesn't he realize that with nearly unlimited funds, there will always be a "future", no matter how weak his farm system is?
  •  La Velle E. Neal III chimes in on the "If Jo-Jo Go, So Do Joe" bit.  I love you La Velle, but how `bout them Bears?
  •  The Star Ledger couldn't have just one person write a 10-paragraph (and about 20-sentence) article on the Yankees/Santana gambit, so both Lisa Kennelly and Ed Price (did they alternate sentences?) insist that both Chamberlain and Cano are "off-limits".  That sucks for the Yankees, because if that's the case it probably means they're going to be "off-limits" as a trade partner.  The best part is that they lead with this:  "To acquire pitcher Johan Santana, the Yankees are willing to consider trading center fielder Melky Cabrera as well as one of their top young pitchers."  Wow!  A veritable treasure trove!
  •  Pro Sports Daily has links up the wazoo.  Enjoy.
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