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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Trading Places

Hey -- some for-real-trade-news! And some...uhh...not-so-real trade news.

The Johan Santana saga finally reached its conclusion, and reaction seems mixed. Well, not about the trade...but about how screwed the Twins got in the deal.

There's a couple people questioning whether or not Twins' GM Bill Smith waited too long, got forced into a corner when neither the Yankees or the Red Sox started a bidding war, and had to settle for a lesser package of prospects.

And then there's the contingent who believes that the trade was made solely to make ten-year-olds cry.

I don't know much about the guys the Twins got from the Mets (Jim, any help here?). But it seems that these guys are still a year or two away from being ready for the Show, so we'll have to wait and see how smart Smith is.

Meanwhile, Erik Bedard is still an Oriole. Some people say that it's because Peter Angelos is a meddling jerk. But Andy MacPhail says that ain't so:

Asked if Angelos was responsible for nixing a deal, MacPhail responded, "No." He wouldn't elaborate further or provide details on why the talks appear to have hit a snag.

Not exactly a stirring defense of his boss. But a lot of the speculation I've read that Angelos is meddling in this deal seems to be based solely on the fact that he's been a meddling jerk in the past.

And maybe that's true. I dunno -- I'm no mind reader. For the sake of the Orioles franchise and its fans, I hope it's not true. Or, at the very least, if Angelos is nixing the deal he's got a real good reason for it.

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