So in the end both of the AL East Super Powers lost out to what may legitimately be the only Super Power in the NL, in the New York Mets. The Johan Santana Sweepstakes isn't officially over yet, as both parties still need to agree on salary and years on the contract. But for all intents and purposes what does this now mean for the final three teams that were in the running?
From the Red Sox Perspective: The Red Sox lost the potential to not only have the best rotation of this generation (Beckett, Santana, Schilling, Matsuzaka, Wakefield, Buchholz), but maybe the best rotation in the past few generations, and maybe even beyond that. Plainly speaking, the rich would have gotten a whole lot richer if Santana went to Boston. The bright side to all of this is that Jon Lester and Jacoby Ellsbury are still members of the Red Sox. The Red Sox have already had their rotation and lineup set for awhile now, and this would have been the ultimate cherry on top. The Red Sox are still favored to win the AL East and the Championship, and if anything, they may have helped to price out the Yankees from the chase, which is a huge victory unto itself, and may have always been the intention of their involvement.
From the Yankees Perspective: This obviously hurts them a lot more then the Sox because of questions that lie currently within their rotation. It's still yet to be seen how Andy Pettite is go handle the fallout from his involvement in the Mitchell Report, and no matter how you look at it Wang is not a number one starter. Gaining the services of Santana would have leveled the playing field a whole lot more in the AL East, and would have made the Yankees look much different then they did last year, which was all hitting and iffy pitching. It also hurts in the Steinbrenner sense that the crosstown Mets have a front of the line ticket selling star pitcher to help sell tickets and support their new stadium, and who'll also be on the back pages of the News and Post. Is this what A-Rod's supposed to be doing for the new Yankee Stadium? The plus for this for the Yankees is that they were also able to keep their young talent. However I think the biggest difference between the Yankee youngsters and the Sox youngsters is that, aside from Chamberlin, the young Yanks haven't really proven anything at the Big League level. But keeping young talent is never bad, and it seems like Cashman has done a great job on their farm, still, I'm surprised the Yanks didn't pull harder to make this happen, and think they lose the most out of the three teams.
From the Mets Perspective: The Mets win HUGE with this one. They win the battle of New York first and foremost, and they now have one of the best pitchers on the planet in their rotation. On top of this all the Mets didn't really give up their top, top prospects which makes me surprised the Twins didn't bite on Jacoby, but hell, I'm fine with him staying on the Sox. If Pedro can get and stay healthy, Johan may up his game much like Schilling did with him in 2004. Also Johan's been dominating in the AL, it's going to be plain scary looking at numbers he'll put up against the watered down weaker NL lineups. He's now a no brainer first pick in any fantasy baseball league you join now. For some reason I do get the sneaking suspicion that Santana's going to end up hurt (my friend Chuck's not going to love that), and I do wonder if the money and years will come back to bite the Mets in the ass, but if you can get a player like Johan you have to bite.