Santana's agent, Peter Greenberg, was asked if the Yankees were out of it and he replied, "That's what we're reading." When asked then if the Mets were in it, he smiled and said. "That's what we're hearing."
Greenberg wasn't going to guess how it would turn out or when, not after it has dragged on this long.
"I would have anticipated a deal done already," Greenberg said. "I think everybody did. I guess (Twins GM) Bill (Smith) hasn't gotten what he feels is fair value."
While the Mets maintain that Jose Reyes is still off-limits, they think they have the pieces to get this deal done with none of their minor-league talent untouchable.
While Omar Minaya and Willie Randolph insist they are fine with the rotation as it stands, they are more than open to an upgrade.
"We like our starting rotation," Minaya said. "Would we like to improve that? Yes. We'd like to get a guy that's an innings-eater or a guy in the front of the rotation, yes. If we don't are we a good team? I think we're a good team."