• Mets Trade For Johan Santana

    Posted by on January 29th, 2008 · Comments (2)

    Via Bob Nightengale:

    The New York Mets have agreed to a trade for two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, giving up four prospects to acquire the left-handed ace of the Minnesota Twins, according to two high-ranking Twins officials with knowledge of the talks and a person close to Santana.

    The deal is pending the Mets and Santana reaching agreement on a six- or seven-year contract extension and that Santana passes a physical; they have been granted a 48 to-72-hour window to do so. Santana has a no-trade clause that he will waive if agreement is reached on a contract extension.

    The Mets paid a high price in prospects to land Santana, agreeing to send the Twins outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey.

    Give the Mets credit. They had a dire need and plugged it with one of the best in the game. They were not afraid to part with prospects. And, they’re not afraid of Santana’s salary demands.

    Kevin Mulvey and Phil Humber should be decent big league pitchers some day. But, Deolis Guerra is a baby. Anything can happen with him. Carlos Gomez? Yes, he can run and he can field. But, will he hit in the majors? How’s his attitude?

    To me, this would be as if the Yankees traded Ian Kennedy, Jose Tabata, Alan Horne, and Dellin Betances for Johan Santana.

    Yes, that’s a steep price, when you think of it this way. And, it’s a gamble.

    Obviously, the Mets were willing to take that gamble – and the Yankees were not. Six years from now, or maybe sooner, we will know which team was smart to take the position (that they did) on this one.

    Comments on Mets Trade For Johan Santana

    1. Pete
      January 29th, 2008 | 5:24 pm

      Good – maybe now we (Hank) can all move on.

    2. January 29th, 2008 | 5:55 pm

      From a prospect standpoint Steve, the package you gave as comparison is vastly superior to the talent the Twins receieved in this deal.

      Kennedy and Humber aren’t close, even though the former Rice star was the higher draft pick. The only thing Humber has better is more velocity, but his vast injury history cancels out any benefit of more fastball.

      Tabata and Gomez are different types of players, with Gomez probably being much closer to AJax than Tabata. Also, Horne’s stuff if much better than Mulvey. Dellin is also a much higher ceiling talent than Guerra, if just due to the superior velocity.

      So, if you wanted to compare packages, the offer would have to be more like this.

      Kennedy, AJax, Marquez and Jario Heredia for Johan Santana.

      I can’t think of many Yankee fans who wouldn’t make this deal. The Mets got there man for a package of players that really weren’t going to help them for a while. Great deal for the boys from Shea.

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