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johan.jpgIs today the day? Could be, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. Olney writes that executives for the Minnesota Twins are expect to decide soon, perhaps as early as today, on whether to pull the trigger on a Johan Santana deal, or to hold on to the pitcher through spring training. It is strongly believed that the team is leaning toward trading the ace before pitchers and catchers report in just over two weeks’ time.

Yesterday, the Twins evidently asked for final offers from the three clubs most aggressively in pursuit of Santana, a report that has been confirmed by the Mets, Yanks, and Sox, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Sherman writes that the Yankees’ interest is minimal at this point and the organization appears to be standing by GM Brian Cashman‘s strong preference to hang onto its prospects, even as the Mets and Red Sox emerge as clear favorites to land the left-handed ace.

Meanwhile, in the Boston Herald, Michael Silverman writes that the Sox’ main priority continues to be to keep Santana out of the Bronx, and the team “will not shed any tears” should the pitcher wind up at Shea.

And while the Mets continue to worry that perhaps the Twins are flaunting them as frontrunners in order to smoke out Phil Hughes or Clay Buchholz, I can’t shake the feeling that there’s only one team truly serious about acquiring this guy.

The Mets, to their credit, seem to realize this fact, and continue to refuse to part with both Carlos Gomez and Fernando Martinez in the same package just for the sake of resolving the stalemate swiftly.

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