This is not a question about what he could get on the open market if he is a free agent but rather what kind of package could the Twins get if they traded him next offseason (assuming he has a similar year to the last 3 and doesn't get hurt).
He is signed for two more years so there is no way the Twins would trade him now. I have to think they are doing everything they can to extend him this offseason, but if they are unable to, they would almost be forced to trade him instead of letting him hit the open market and lose him for nothing. I think Terry Ryan would prefer to trade him to the NL, but he would probably go for the best package.
Does an established MLB starter, a top pitching prospect, and two young (either prospect or pre-arb) bats sound about right? What team and what players could be involved?
By the way, the thought of losing Santana does make me physically ill.