So I'm sitting here in the middle of a snow storm (stupid snow, who invented snow) and I was thinking of the Hot Stove rumors involving the Red Sox. I really do hope we sign Mark Teixeira, but that's not what I'm thinking right now. I'm thinking of how in the last few years we had huge deals fall through, and how we ended up being a better team because of this. I remember in winter '03 how we were supposed to land Alex Rodriguez, and all it was going to cost us was Manny Ramirez and us paying half of Manny's salary. I also remember how angry I was that the deal didn't happen and then the Yankees swooped in and landed A-Rod for Alfonso Soriano. Looking back on this now, I sure am happy that this trade didn't work out for us. Had it happened would we have won the World Series in 2004 and 2007? Probably not. Next, looking back at last year we offered a package of Jon Lester, Jed Lowrie and Justin Masterson for Johan Santana. WOW! Am I ever glad that this one didn't go down. Lester looks as if he might be almost as good as Johan now, plus Lowrie is going to be an above average shortstop and Masterson was masterful out of the pen last year, with great promise as a starter. I bet the Twins are kicking themselves now. Imagine how much better they would have been with these players? I don't think there would have been a race in the central, as these 3 would have easily given them 5-10 more wins on the season and there would have been no one game playoff against the White Sox. It's funny how some of the best moves are the ones you don't make, eh?