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January 31, 2008

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Chuck

I'm happy. Regardless if you think Santana is gonna end up hurt or not, every single team in baseball that can afford $100+ mil contracts would sign him in a heart beat. He has been hands down the best pitcher in baseball for the last 5 years. The only health issues ever being mentioned with Santana are bone spurs in his elbow. And his physical condition and pitching delivery speak contrary to serious injury in the future. Nowhere else is anything injury related being mentioned, so your injury projection is pure speculation with no foundation and holds just as much merit as if I said Beckett is going to get hurt down the road.

Now..onto the deal. I have to feel for Twins fans. Although nobody really knows if the proposed packages from the Sox and the Yanks over the winter meetings were legit or pure speculation, it can't be argued that both teams could have given the Twins a better package and they just got greedy and it came back to bite them.

However, upon further reading, I am not sure if the lack of trade earlier wasn't the product of Santana himself. In a Buster Olney article, read the following quotes...

"An official with knowledge of discussions between the Twins' front office and Santana told 1050 ESPN New York's Andrew Marchand that when Santana gave the list of teams he was willing to waive his no-trade clause for, the Mets were on top of his list.

Santana communicated to the Twins that if he had the option of any team he could go to, the Mets would be his first choice."

and the article goes on to state...

"a package which some talent evaluators believe could be the fourth-best offer that Minnesota received during this process."

Making me wonder if Santana himself didn't threaten his no trade clause unless he got what he wanted (i.e. get traded to the Mets). In another article, I was also reading, the Tuesday deadline of "last best trade proposal" was in fact the product of Santana stating if he wasn't traded prior to spring training reporting, that he would most likely veto any trade during the season. So the Twins (out of respect...an amazing feat for ownership losing it's prized possession) took one for the team and granted Santana's wishes while they easily could have obtained more down the road.

How this impacts the Sox and the Yanks? I don't really think it impacts either team. And it could end up being a saving grace as both teams kept hold of their much more talented prospects than the Mets gave up. All in all, it would have been nice for either team to get him, but I think after the first 48 hours, both teams came to their senses and knew they weren't that desperate to trade that many marquee prospects and both teams eventually backed out.

The team that needed Santana the most got him, the two teams trying to compete for world domination held onto their immediate and future prospects and another team who is great at evaluating talent and has won 4 of the last 6 division titles with their own prospects got 4 prospects that they deemed worthy of their system.

If I was a Twins fan, I'd be pissed, but what can you do? They can't really judge a deal like this for a few years.

The only thing I would note, is that Minaya was basically laughed out of the Winter meetings with every baseball expert telling him that the Mets had no chance in hell of landing any top pitcher. Minaya kept quiet, went about his business and showed just how much the "experts" actually know. I love when things like this happen.

Chris Hixon

No one would ever doubt or question Johan's abilitiesa and if he remains healthy, he should not only dominate the very weak National League, but baseball in general. My only question mark would be the Big Apple itself. There is a long line of great athletes that just couldn't make the transition from a small town market like Minnesota to the intense scrutiny and criticism that NYC has to offer. This can have a huge impact on a player over time and it will be very interesting to see how Johan responds under the microscope of New York sports.

Derek Hixon

Chuck all I can really say here is congrats, it's a huge pickup for the Mets and I think automatically makes them the favorite in the NL. And yes that was 100% pure speculation on my part, and speculation that I hope's completely wrong.

It is interesting how it seems the Mets were always his first choice, but in reality it makes perfect sense. He'd be in the biggest market in baseball, with a loyal fanbase, and would give him the ability to put up some even more impressive numbers then he did in the AL. Also, since he'll be on the other side of 30 now, seems to be the perfect time to made the transition.

Like Chris said, it'll be interesting to see how he reacts in NY, but with a player of his caliber, I'd excpect nothing but good. Congrats Met fans, after what happened last year you deserved this way more.

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