Yankees pass on Santana

BOB ELLIOTT -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:54 AM ET

Enough is enough, say the New York Yankees.

They gave the Minnesota Twins a deadline to accept their trade offer for lefty Johan Santana. The Twins didn't budge.

So, does that mean Santana is headed for Boston and Fenway Park?

Well, the Yanks also said they would not touch Alex Rodriguez if he opted out of his contract and the MVP is back in pinstripes again.

The BoSox are offering either outfielder Coco Crisp or Jacoby Ellsbury, shortstop prospect Jed Lowrie and pitching prospect Justin Masterson. The Twins want left-hander Jon Lester included.

If the Yanks stay away from Santana, they'll chase Oakland A's right-hander Danny Haren.

JANSSEN A STARTER?

The reason the Jays chased veteran Troy Percival -- he instead signed with Tampa -- and the reason that they are still chasing veteran relief help is that they'd like to move successful set-up man Casey Janssen to the starting rotation.

"We see him as more of a starter," said general manager J.P. Ricciardi, who added that a couple of teams had expressed interest in right-hander Josh Towers.

LONG-TERM DEALS

While outfielder Alex Rios' name is mentioned almost as often in Nashville as Garth Brooks, Ricciardi said that the Jays will talk long-term contracts with both Rios and second baseman Aaron Hill before both reach free agency.

VIEW FROM AFAR

Watching the Yankees-Red Sox game of high-stakes poker for Santana from afar, who has the better hand?

"I don't know if it's the kind of chips or the number of chips which will get the deal done," Ricciardi said. "If Boston puts (outfielder) Jacob Ellsbury in, well Boston gets him. If New York puts (right-hander) Phil Hughes in, he's a Yankee."

DONE DEALS

The Colorado Rockies acquired right-hander Jose Capellan (0-3, 5.54 with Milwaukee and the Tigers) from Detroit for right-hander Denny Bautista (2-1, 12.46). ... The Atlanta Braves acquired lefty reliever Will Ohman and back-up infielder Omar Infante from the Chicago Cubs on in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jose Ascanio. Infante will be the back up to Yunel Escobar.

ALMOST DONE

The New York Yankees found a fresh arm for their bullpen, reaching a preliminary agreement to trade Tyler Clippard to the Washington Nationals for right-hander Jonathan Albaladejo.

The deal was subject to physicals, according to a person familiar with the talks.

Albaladejo, 25, was 1-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 14 relief appearances for Washington this season. The rookie struck out 12 and walked two in 14 1-3 innings. He also went 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA in 15 games at triple-A Columbus.

Clippard was 3-1 with a 6.33 ERA in six starts for the Yankees this year.

Clippard became expendable when several other young pitchers emerged for New York, including Joba Chamberlain, Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy.

ON THE BALLOT

Former Blue Jays broadcasters Tom Cheek and Tony Kubek were named as contenders for the 2008 Ford Frick award. Joe Nuxhaull (Reds), Bill King (A's) and Joe Morgan (ESPN) led the fan voting.

The others named to the ballot are: Ken Coleman (Indians), Dizzy Dean (NBC), Graham McNamee (NBC), Dave Niehaus (Mariners) and Dave Van Horne (Expos, Marlins). A 20-member broadcasting panel will announce the winner Feb. 19.

SPRING SKED

The Jays will play 14 games at Dunedin this spring.

The New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Tigers, Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates will make two visits each.

The Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays and the Houston Astros each make one visit.

The Jays will finish their pre-season schedule with two games at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, March 28-29.


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