Three notable changes to the situation today:
- The Sox will include Ellsbury, but not Ellsbury and Lester (or Buchholz, presumably). I don't think this makes much of a difference. Hughes is a better prospect than Ellsbury, no matter what Sox fans tell you.
- Johan has said he will not waive his no-trade clause after the beginning of the season. In a sane world, this would take most of the power out of the Twins' hands. If they don't get a deal done now, they're going to get nothing but two picks back for him after 2008. In this twisted world, it'll probably put the pressure on the Sox and Yanks.
- The Yanks have put a timer on the Hughes/Melky/Warm Body offer. The Twins have until end of day Monday to accept, or the Yanks move on. It seems like this deadline isn't being taken too seriously. I hope it passes, the Yanks take Hughes off the table and tell the Twins the offer is now Kennedy, Melky and Tabata. Take it or leave it.