The D'Rays' prospects recent legal troubles may have made them rethink their confidence about replacing Crawford. I'm starting to shift my hopes to Lee or Soriano.... Crawford was so tantalizing, besides his talent, the fact that he's not up for free agency. I'm not sure I want to give up a Santana for a player you're going to have for half a season. That's where a Jeff Weaver trade seems more likely.
The thing is, Crawford was overkill for the talent level that I think they need to improve to win the west this year. I thnk they just need a "good" outfielder. I know intra-division teams hate doing deals, but I bet the Rangers would take Santana for Gary Mathews Jr. The Rangers are desperate for SPs.
The Angels may have to start looking at teams with high salary vets that are out of the race... Melvin Mora, Burrell
Or possibly stars on teams that aren't going to be able to afford them when they hit free agency...
The non Crawford dream trade is Santana and Brendan Wood for Miguel Cabrera... WIth Cabrera, we could settle for a Reggie Sanderish OF
Or maybe Jason Bay and Randa for Santana, wood and another prospect.
Santana is so good, somebody will give up a hitter for him.