There’s really nothing new about how the talks about a Johan Santana trade have progressed with either the Red Sox or the Yankees. But Yankees loudmouth Hank Steinbrenner did say that he wasn’t willing to give Johan more than a 5-year extension.
“The payroll would just be out of this world this year,” Steinbrenner said of potentially adding Santana, “but only for this year. When you’ve got to trade top young talent and pay a lot of money, it gets very risky.
“I wouldn’t do it if it were a six- or seven-year contract,” Steinbrenner said. “I wouldn’t go past five, on an extension.”
Could that be a deal breaker for Santana? Only time will tell.