‘Shea’ Hey to the new King of Queens: Mets deal for Johan Santana!
On Tuesday afternoon, the New York Mets agreed to trade for 2 time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a package of four prospects consisting of CF Carlos Gomez and pitchers Kevin Mulvey, Delois Guerra and Philip Humber.
The trade is pending the completion of a contract extension, as Santana has one year and 13 million dollars on his current deal. Santana is believed to be seeking a deal in the range of 6 or 7 years at a cost of between 120 and 140 million. The Mets have maintained they are looking for an extension of 5 years.
The Mets and Santana have 72 hours to complete an extension.
USA Today first reported the trade, which I first heard about from Metsblog.com.
I really wanted to pretend I was a member of the media in announcing this on my blog, and so i did it.
After the disappointing end of last season, the Mets needed to make a big splash, and Johan Santana certainly qualifies. This move, once official of course, puts the Mets right back onto the radar and into a playoff contender once again. Santana is a proven ace, and moving to the National League and pitcher friendly Shea Stadium (for next year anyway) will only contribute to what should be an dynamite year.
Props to Omar Minaya for getting this done and re-energizing a fan base that was desperate to matter again, and equally desperate to put the bad memories of last year’s collapse behind them.
Way to go Omar, way to go.
And for the first time out of my mouth in what feels like forever….
LETS GO METS!
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