The Mets and Johan Santana reached an agreement tonight on a six-year extension to his current contract, so after he takes a physical tomorrow, he will officially become a member of the New York Mets, and his trade from the Twins goes into effect.
The deadline for getting a deal from the Mets was extended two hours tonight, and Santana personally came in on the negotiations. The deal he reached with the Mets is he will get a six-year extension to his current contract, worth $137.5 million, along with a seven million dollar signing bonus to his 2008 salary. The total of the seven years comes out to just over $150.7 million. He will average about $22 million per year over the life of the contract.
The Mets also gave him six guaranteed years, something the Mets were reluctant to do. This will also make Santana the highest paid pitcher ever.
The balance of power has just shifted in the National League, and this should make the Mets the odds on favorite to win the 2008 National League pennant.
You might say that Santana's the mouthwash that rinses the bad taste of the 2007 season out of the mouths of Mets fans everywhere.