Some pretty cool insight from Torii Hunter on his former teammates Johan Santana and David Ortiz in today’s Herald:

Center fielder Torii Hunter, a former teammate of Santana’s who recently agreed to a deal with the Angels, had interesting comments on ESPN Radio about the possible destination for Santana should he waive his full no-trade clause.

“I never heard him say anything Boston, you know, I never heard that he wanted to play in Boston, but, you know, (former Twin) David Ortiz [stats] is over there – we all came up together, and he and David Ortiz, they act the fool in the clubhouse,” said Hunter. “They’re funny, man. They crack jokes, they love each other, so, it could be true.”

Of course, on the flip side, there’s this:

“It could be possible that he could end up in Boston, but at the same time, I heard him say something about New York a couple times. He would love to play in New York. But maybe he didn’t know that Boston really had interest in him. You never know.”

The article notes that the Yanks might have the edge if they agree to part with Philip Hughes; something they appear willing to do, whereas Boston’s held the line on including Ellsbury in any deal.

I look at it this way: the Yanks got Mussina, The Unit, Carl Pavano, Bobby Abreu and a host of other players we had interest in. And it got ‘em nothin’. So if they end up landing Santana, hey, them’s the berries as my grandpa used to say. I’d love to have him, but I think I’d love having Jacoby a little bit more.