Nothing to make you yearn for a solid week of Johan Santana trade speculation than three straight days of steroid discussion.
After a brief, Mitchell-related hiatus, the Hot Stove League is in full swing again, with the A’s trading Dan Haren to the Diamondbacks — who had quite the day — for six prospects.
The question is, If a Haren switches teams in one part of the world, does it cause a Santana in another? I think it goes something like that. Anyway, Haren is the first of the three big-name pitchers to go. Bedard and Santana remain.
Does this trade make the Yankees more desperate to acquire Santana? The Red Sox? Does it make the Twins more set in their belief that they should get more than the three- and four-player deals the Sox and Yanks have reportedly offered?
We understand Bud Selig has asked former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson to lead an investigation into these very important questions. Since Richardson is both a Red Sox fan and a Yankees fan, he should easily be able to ward off allegations of bias as he compiles his 400-page analysis into where exactly Johan Santana will end up in 2008.