Seeing Johan in a Red Sox hat is a tune I could get used to. (SawxBlog Illustration)
Word out on the streets is that the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins have exchanged medical information on both Johan Santana and Jon Lester which would be the first major step into bringing the left handed ace to Fenway Park. This is beyond exciting and would be the second off-season in a row the Red Sox have trumped the field in obtaining a prized and gifted pitcher.
I know people love the kids the Red Sox have been brining up through our system, however barring injuries, obtaining Santana makes the Red Sox pitching staff 1990's Atlanta Braves good, which...well...is very good indeed. I love Lester. I love Jacoby. But I really love the idea of solidifying our pitching staff for years to come and building around that. With Beckett and Santana we'd arguably have the two best pitchers alive and it'd be a righty / lefty combo to boot. Holler at you boy.
What makes this deal even sweeter is that it may not even include Jacoby which I'd really be ecstatic about, but like I said, when it comes to a talent like Johan, your ceiling gets a lot higher. If I were a Yankee fan I'd be furious with my front office and management if this goes down. The Yanks needed Santana, and the Sox really didn't. Again, this is a testament to our front office and ownership. Theo's been doing laps around Cashman for awhile now, and while the Steinbrenner's are worried about making nice quotes for the back page of the Post and News, John Henry sits in the shadows and hires the best people available to do their jobs. All I have to say is good luck with Haren.
Still this isn't a done deal, but like I said, even if it doesn't happen it's no big deal for the Sox. We have our major league squad already basically set for next season (it's only 12/4 people), and we have a plethora of young talent in our farm to develop and use as we wish. We're the World Champs, the Patriots are perfect, and the Celtics are back, why not have Johan join in on the fun? High times indeed.