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Our boys cross town have put an end to the Johan Santana saga. Mr. Santana won't be pitching for the Yanks or the Red Sox (thank goodness) but for the Mets. Here is the breaking story.
2 agree, the mets are still the mets - the red sox would have been scary with johan and beckett.
4 you don't stop a champ like hank.
I don't know anything about Mets prospects. Can someone put it in Yankee terms for me? Is Gomez/Humber/Guerra/Mulvey equivalent to Kennedy/Melky/Horne/Betances?
Hey, remember when PeteAbe had a huge rant about how you can't substitute a whole bunch of meh prospects in place of a couple awesome ones? Cause that's what the Mets just did. I'm getting the impression that Hughes + Melky alone would run circles around what the Mets gave up.
Carlos Gomez is a toolsy player with speed, power, and Ks - though not many walks. He's 21 and played 58 games for the Mets last year. BasbeallAmerica had him at #3.
Phil Humber (25) checked in at #7 after Tommy John surgery and seems like a decent K:BB guy, but he's only had one year back from surgery.
Kevin Mulvey ranked at #4.
And Deolis Guerra, a young power arm, ranked at #2.
It doesn't really stack up with their request for the Yankees' #1 MLB-ready pitching prospect, their starting CFer, and their 2nd best pitching prospect according to BA.
Just a hunch, but I think Hughes and IPK will have much better careers than anyone the Mets sent the Twins. There wasn't a Kazmir that was moved in this deal.
The Twins stayed at the table as long as they could, but no one was buying at such a high price.
I'm very happy that Hughes and IPK will be in camp with Joba in mere weeks.
As a Mets fan I'm thrilled with the deal. We kept F-Mart (our only hitting stud) and Pelfrey (still more projectable than any of the three we gave up) and added the best pitcher in baseball. Omar could easily have panicked in December when Hughes and Lester were being thrown around, but he waited it out and reaps the rewards today.
It could get ugly for the Yankees in the NY press if Hughes has a typical age 22 season while Santana drops a 2.05 ERA and 250+ Ks.
22 Alou and Church. Endy C and Angel Pagan to backup. Of course, there are some teams with so many OFs and not enough spots (LAA and DC come to mind) that the Mets can probably grab someone in ST with no trouble if need be.
This is a big steal for Omar, because he keeps F-Mart, while Smith is left hoping that the arms develop.
If the Twins really wouldn't pay to keep him, I suppose this deal is better than 2 picks in the '09 draft. You figure any team that signed Johan was likely to be in bottom 30 of the 1st round, and the Twins are notoriously cheap when it comes to low 1st round picks, so its possible this is a better haul than the picks would have brought.
"This deal could determine whether Brian Cashman remains the GM of the Yankees. If Santana becomes the ace of the Mets and leads them into the World Series, Cashman will have a lot of explaining to do to Little Stein.
Me? I'm interested to see what Phil Hughes turns out to be. It would seem the Yankees are indeed serious about developing their own players."
26 I would think downright mad, given the moves the Tigers have made.
So, shall the Yanks start making overtures for Nathan?
From the Mets standpoint, this deal is a no brainer. They desperately needed to erase the misery of last season and Santana catapults them to the top of the NL. Now, 3-4 years into the deal, the picture might not be as rosey, but the Mets are a now team.
What makes Smith look worse is that either of the packages originally offered by the Yankees and Red Sox would have been superior. Assuming both teams would have been willing to part with the rumor names when they first surfaced, then Smith bluffed...and lost.
Apparently, the Yankees and Red Sox each decided to pull back from their original offers. So, I'd imagine both Cashman and Epstein are pretty happy today. The Santana anvil is no longer hanging over their heads, so now each man can put the final touches on their 2008 rosters.
At some point, I am sure we'll all question failing to get Johan (especially if he has a great season, while Hughes struggles to gain his footing), but ultimately I believe this decision sets the Yankees up better for the future.
12 Underdog (if you're still hanging around), what did the Twins ask for the Dodgers? I don't know anything about Mets prospects, but it sure looks like the actual package is substantially below what the Sox and Yanks were talking about.
He could be the next great pitcher. or he could be the next great bust. or he could be anything inbetween.
Gomez is a interesting player. from the looks of him he looks like a potential slugger. and he's REALLY fast. but he hasn't transfered it into skills. i think the Coco Crisp comp isn't right. Crisp is a much smaller player, and Melky Cabrera compares much more reasonablly to Crisp.
best case Gomez turn into Carl Crawford with a little more HR pop I guess. though I kinda doubt it. he just feels a lot more like a (maybe slightly better ) Juan Encarnaion type
Mulvey is a pretty useful guy. he's not going to be awsome but is unlikely to bust. Humber is in the same boat but has fallen a lot to the point that I can't say he is completly bust proof.
Smith clearly waited too long, overplayed his hand, and didn't sufficiently factor in the notion that Santana would veto a mid-season deal. He played brinksmanship and lost.
Yes - one or more of the 4 may bloom into something special. But . . . I won't hold my breath.
Overall I'm relieved - he didn't go to the Sox, and we keep the 3 horsemen of the apocalypse.
CC, Joba, Hughes, Wang, Brackman
How 'bout those Mets, eh?
Good for them!
And good for us that we sort of get the best of both worlds: we get to watch him on a regular basis without having had to give up our own guys.
Nice job, Metsies.
Citing "best interests of baseball," Selig & Mitchell block trade of Johan Santana to NY Mets. Order Twins lefty to next highest bidder, Boston Red Sox for AA prospects to be named later... story developing...
39 I am sure C.C. will be very interested in the Johan negotiations. If he breaks the bank, that will likely price Sabathia out of the Indians pay scale. Then, if you are the Yankees, you root for the Indians to stay in the pennant race so he isn't traded and then back up the truck (which would be filled with money not going to Santana. If, in 2009, you have Kennedy, Hughes and Sabathia in your rotation, then not making the Santana deal looks even better, even if Johan stays true to his Cy Young form. Think about that for a minute
would you deal Hughes, Kennedy, Melky and Sabathia for Santana? Of course not
that's why the real evaluation of the Yankees decision can't take place until more events shake out.
As for Texiera, his being with the Braves is a good thing because they should be competitive to stay in the race, and are probably unlikely to sign him. With $80mn set to come off the books in 2009, the Yankees could be in a prime position to do some FA shopping to supplement the core they maintained by not making the Santana deal.
Best case, to my mind, might have been Twins backing off Phil and accepting a prospect package akin to the one suggested here as about the equivalent of the Mets. Next best is what just happened (pending a contract, which surely will get done). We did NOT want to see him in Boston for the next buncha years. This IS the best starter in the game right now, and still in his 20s.
I remain concerned about starter-management this year, though, with the kids on short leash, and wouldn't be unhappy if they found a league-average 3rd-4th starter to switch to swing man for the year after. I haven't done my homework to check who might be out there for that.
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