Questions are being asked and opinions passed in front of Juan Carlos’s coffee cart this morning.
“What do you guys think of the Johan Santana trade talk?” asks Jon from Highbridge.
A tangle of voices builds and breaks before Javier from Walton Avenue is able to restore order.
“Hold on,” he says. “Let’s cut this debate down to size. Everyone agrees that Santana is one of the best pitchers in baseball, correct?”
“He’s a guy that can lead a staff for years, correct again?”
“Now it gets tougher,” Javier continues. “You can’t get a player like that without giving something up. Who’s it gonna be?”
“Not Joba,” someone shoots.
“And I’d hate to lose Phil Hughes,” Jon says.
“Kennedy’s gonna be a good one, too,” someone offers.
“What about Melky?” Jon asks.
“No,” the group fires.
Javier reclaims the conversation.
“Very tough choices,” he says shaking his head. “With something gained there is always something lost.”
“Yeah,” the group mumbles. “Something lost.”