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Yeah, I'm already tired of the Mitchell Report. I don't want to talk about it any more.

Well, after I say one more thing.

Jennifer Floyd Engel is in hysterics over this, demanding that Bud Selig be fired and that Donald Fehr "Must. Be. Stopped."

I heard a national talk show host this weekend say that baseball clearly doesn't take the PED problem seriously, because Jose Guillen just got a 3 year, $36 million deal.

But what I don't get is why the NFL, and football in general, gets a free pass on this.

I'm willing to bet the NFL has a much wider problem with PEDs than baseball does. But as best I can tell, sports fans, and the sports media, are willing to accept PED use in football. It doesn't infuriate the masses the way PED use in baseball does.

I guess it is the home run records being broken. Baseball is much more stat-oriented, and much more reverent of its history, than football is. If Shawn Merriman had broken a record that had the cachet that the single season home run record has, maybe he'd be as vilified as Barry Bonds.

But the sports media, those who are wringing their hands and wailing about how what a scandal this is, how an entire generation of baseball players have been tainted, are guilty of hypocrisy if they aren't agitating for a "Mitchell Report" to be done in the NFL.

Oh, and one other a child, the one thing I wanted to be when I grew up was a baseball player. That was my dream. Now, I figured out in adolescence that that wasn't going to happen -- my only baseball skills were a strong arm and an ability to bunt -- and I moved on to other things. But if there was something I could have taken in my teens that would have increased my chances, that would have made that dream possible, then would I have taken it, even it was illegal? Probably.

Which is why I have sympathy for guys like Chad Allen.

Moving on...

Kazuo Fukumori's deal is 2 years, $3 million, with a club option. Not sure if Fukumori has a clause that allows him to become a free agent after that, or if he'll just be arbitration-eligible.

A fascinating tidbit in T.R. Sullivan's blog this morning:

The Rangers were ready to trade Akinori Otsuka to the Chicago White Sox for Class A first baseman Chris Carter, who hit .291 with 25 home runs and 93 RBI in 2007. But the White Sox saw the medical reports on Otsuka and killed the deal. Carter instead went to the Diamondbacks for outfielder Carlos Quentin.

So we could have had Carter, or Quentin (since we could have then sent Carter to Arizona), if Chicago hadn't been scared off by the medical reports.