Keith R.A. DeCandido (kradical) wrote,
Keith R.A. DeCandido

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Santana to the Mets

The Minnesota Twins have traded Johan Santana to the Mets for a bunch of B-level prospects, pending Santana taking a physical and the Mets negotiating a contract extension for him.

I like this deal on any number of levels. First of all, it means the Yankees don't give up several really good players -- including Phil Hughes, whom I want to stay a Yankee forever -- for one pitcher. Second of all, it means the Red Sox don't get him, either. (I suspect that both the Yanks and BoSox were in it mainly to drive up the price for the other team, but neither team really had their hearts in it.)

But mostly I like it because it puts the Mets over the top. Their end-of-September meltdown notwithstanding, they did win 88 games last year, and did so without any kind of frontline starter. Tom Glavine and Pedro Martinez are past their primes, and Glavine's now gone. Just having a healthy Santana all year will take pressure off the Mets' bullpen, the implosion of which was a major culprit in the aforesaid meltdown.

Bravo to all concerned -- except the Twins, who really should've gotten a better package for the best pitcher in baseball....
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