Somewhere online I found this interpretation of Johan Santana pitching to Pablo Ozuna. Sad part is, it's probably more interesting than the Santana Saga has been for weeks. I miss Legos...
Not too much new going on with the Red Sox. Santana's agent has said that his client isn't demanding a deal by the time pitchers and catchers report. Great, so the Santana Saga could drag on for another month and then some. I have a feeling that the Twins are interested in the Mets just because their offer is the most recent.
Ken Rosenthal has a source saying that the Yankees are no longer talking to the Twins. Funny, I feel like I've heard this story at least three times. Bad news for both the Red Sox and paranoid Yankees fans everywhere. Without the Yankees involved in Santana, I'm not sure what else the Red Sox could do this offseason to sabotage them. I hope they have enough money to sign a backup outfielder after they paid so much for George Mitchell. Will that money count when major league baseball tabulates the luxury tax?
Mike Cameron was recently connected to the Yankees, but he's recently agreed to a deal with the Brewers. I'm kind of glad, Cameron would have been an upgrade over Melky Cabrera on both sides of the ball. In some more good news for the Red Sox, the Orioles appear determined to trade away Brian Roberts and Erik, sorry, Érik Bédard.
The Orioles are going to be REALLY bad next year. They finished just three games better than the worst record in the majors last year. They've already dealt away their cleanup hitter, and they're in talks involving their leadoff hitter and staff ace. They could go into next season with a middle infield consisting of Luis Hernandez (.290/.300/.362) and Freddie Bynum (.259/.300/.452) and their Opening Day starter could be Daniel Cabrera. Although, I think I'd go with Guthrie.
The Orioles could help to inflate AL East records next year. According to Pythagereon Record, the Red Sox should have won over 100 games last year. Without Julian Tavarez being a mainstay in the rotation, they could be the first American League team to top the 100 win mark since 2004.