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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Santana Traded to Mets for Gomez, Prospects

The Mets and Minnesota Twins have come to a tentative trade for All-Star pitcher Johan Santana. He goes to the Mets for outfielder Carlos Gomez, and pitchers Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey.

The deal is subject to Santana passing a physical, and the Mets have 72 hours to sign him to a contract extension. Santana is also expected to waive his no-trade clause if the contract is hammered out. He is looking for a seven-year deal, around $20 million per year. I'm sure that a deal will get done by the deadline.

This is very good news. The trade is an absolute steal for the Mets. They get the ace starting pitcher they need, the Red Sox keep their blue chip prospects, Santana goes to the National League and the Yankees don't get their tentacles around him.

8 comments:

Ken In San Diego said...

I knew you'd be one happy Mets fan today John!

The Omnipotent Q said...

I'm thrilled, Ken. It's just what the Mets needed, an ace the team can build around for the next decade.

SoSock said...

As a Mets fan, maybe you can shed some light on what they gave up. Is it the steal it appears to be?
I checked on Humber's stats in 3A, they looked pretty good, but not stellar. The other 3 all looked pretty average, altho there's apparently some hype around the Gomez kid. Of course, all we can see is numbers, the office gets to talk to the coaches, who see the tools they have. Minor league numbers can be real decieving.

Michael Leggett said...

George doesn't own Santana:

I'm happier than a clam;

WHAT will George do for a Headline?

The Omnipotent Q said...

I might be best to say what the Mets DIDN'T give up, SoSox. They didn't have to part with Mike Pelfrey or Fernando Martinez, who is considered one of their best prospects. Mulvey is considered a pretty good prospect, as is Guerra. Humber may turn out to be a good pitcher, but he's not ready yet. I liked what I saw of Gomez, and he maybe ready to play full time now. I really thought the Mets would surrender higher quality talent. The trade really is a steal for them, SoSox.

BTW, thanks for the link on your site. I will put one up for you on mine as well.

Peter N said...

By far, John, the Mets had the worst offer, talent-wise, on the table. But the powers-that-be for the Twins did not want to hear the loud booing from their fans when Santana, or Santa, as the Mets fans should call him, pitches during the regular season in that dead ugly zone where the Twinkies play.
I hope this finds you well...we're winding up and geting close to Spring! 15 days until the Florida stuff materializes. Live and in color....

Peter N said...

AND I CAN'T WAIT!!!!!!

The Omnipotent Q said...

It was a very good day to be a Mets or Red Sox fan yesterday, not so much so being a Yankee fan (seeing the Mets get him).

Thanks Peter, hope you are doing well too. Bring on those pitchers and catchers!