Now that Oakland has traded Dan Haren to Arizona, the Johan Santana chase just got more interesting.
The loser(s) no longer have Haren as a backup plan. The only other No. 1 on the market is Erik Bedard and Baltimore probably isn’t going to trade him within the division.
That should expedite the trade talks. Boston’s interest has cooled considerably since the Winter Meetings. The Mets want in, but won’t give up Jose Reyes. Could the Yankees fill the void?
Brian Cashman has gone J.D. Salinger since Nashville. But Hank Steinbrenner admits that no doors have been closed. This could play out like the Randy Johnson trade, when the Yankees walked away in December only to acquire the big lefty in January.
Before you start dreaming of Santana in pinstripes, keep in mind that Oakland got a load of talent for Haren. Based on the Baseball America list, Arizona traded four of its top eight prospects including its top guy, OF Carlos Gonzalez.
Minnesota didn’t think Phil Hughes, Melky Cabrera and B-list prospect was enough earlier this month. They certainly aren’t settling for that package now.