Posted by: Nate | January 29, 2008

Mets Land Santana!?

According to sources at ESPN.com, as well as those close to the negotiations it appears that a trade has been worked out between the New York Mets and the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana. Officials from both sides, as well as Peter Greenberg, Santana’s agent have refused to comment on the record at this time. The trade is no contingent upon Johan taking and passing a physical as well as the Mets being able to workout a contract extension with the perennial All-Star and multiple Cy Young award winner. It is believed that the Mets have a 48-72 hour timeframe to work out that extension or the trade will be void.

Going to the Twins in the trade would be outfielder Carlos Gomez along with pitchers Kevin Mulvey, Phil Humber and Deolis Guerra. All 4 of the players involved in the deal are rated in the top 10 of the Mets prospects (2,3,4,7 according to John Sickels) and should develop nicely for the Twins. Granted, one can never be 100% sure about a prospect, since the prospect label itself signifies the fact that they aren’t a proven commodity yet.

On the whole, this is a decent deal for the Twins given the fact that the Red Sox and Yankees interest seemed to be waning, if not dissappeared and Santana himself reportedly wanted some resolution to this situation before Spring Training. Had the Mets not been so desperate for frontline pitching and have pockets deep enough to pay Johan whatever he wants, the Twins very well may not have been able to trade him. I feel like they overplayed their hand with Santana and ended up driving the market down for him by holding out so long and trying to play multiple clubs against each other (most notably the Sox and Yanks). Assuming this deal goes through, which Omar Minaya essentially has to make happen at this point, I see this as a great trade for the Mets who fill their biggest need with the best player available for it and also good for the Red Sox.

I was never comfortable with the amount of money and talent the Sox would have had to invest in Santana and given the state of our rotation as it is I would rather see Theo allocate those resources otherwise. Granted, Santana is a phenomenal talent and good pitching can carry you a long way (as evidenced by our staff last year in the playoffs). I just think that the front office should be looking to the future and acquiring a catcher of the future, looking at what to do once Manny is gone in a few years and keeping the bullpen and rotation in smooth working order.  Especially in the wake of the rumored Bedard deal, and the package Arizona used to get Dan Haren, it seemed like there were other more attractive options financially and talent wise if the Sox had been truly serious about getting another top-end starter.

One can only hope that this deal goes through and the Santana drama is resolved, allowing the Red Sox to focus on the CF situation and filling out the bench with a backup 1B/3B type. As always, stay tuned here for more details as they unfold and if you have any comments or updates, feel free to leave a comment!

ESPN link:  http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3220894

Mets Prospects Rankings: http://www.minorleagueball.com/story/2007/11/25/195122/19

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  1. […] Goatboy wrote a fantastic post today on “Mets Land Santana!?”Here’s ONLY a quick extractAccording to sources at ESPN.com, as well as those close to the negotiations it appears that a trade has been worked out between the New York Mets and the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana. Officials from both sides, as well as Peter … […]

  2. I think it’s good that neither the Yanks or the Sox got him. I agree with you that I was never comfortable on the amount that the Sox would have to give up to get Santana, and at the same time was not comfortable with the Yankess having him because he is a phenomenal pitcher. Keep him in the NL away from us.

  3. […] Mets Land Santana!?According to sources at ESPN.com, as well as those close to the negotiations it appears that a trade has been worked out between the New York Mets and the Minnesota Twins for Johan Santana. Officials from both sides, as well as Peter … […]


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