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Boston trying to acquire Twins' ace

December 02, 2007|From the Associated Press

BOSTON -- Theo Epstein won't talk publicly about Johan Santana, even though the Boston Red Sox appear to be trying to add the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner to their already strong rotation.

"There are a lot of interesting names held out there on the trade market and whether those names are moved remains to be seen," the Red Sox general manager said Friday during a conference call.

Epstein plans to focus on improving the team's bench and bullpen in the coming weeks.

"That doesn't mean we're going to look past an opportunity to get better," he said in response to a question about possible trades.

The Red Sox and New York Yankees are trying to acquire the Minnesota Twins left-hander, with Boston willing to offer a package of players that might include left-hander Jon Lester -- the World Series Game 4 winner -- right-hander Clay Buchholz or center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

One possible scenario has the Red Sox shipping veteran center fielder Coco Crisp and one of the pitchers to the Twins.

Crisp was benched in favor of Ellsbury during the World Series sweep of the Colorado Rockies. Epstein acknowledged Crisp hasn't hit as well in his two seasons in Boston as he did in his prior two years in Cleveland -- .268 last season compared with .300 in his last year with the Indians.

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