1.29.2008

So Long, Santana: a Sad Day in Twins Territory



First, my Canadian Crusher announces his engagement, and now this.

The New York Mets have finally agreed on a trade for two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana, sending four prospects to the Minnesota Twins in exchange for the strikeout machine, according to officials close to negotiations.

The six or seven-year contract extension, which will no doubt be ginormous, is pending a passed physical after which the lefty's no-trade clause will be waived. Johan completes the best rotation in the National League, joining veteran Pedro Martinez, John Maine, Oliver Perez and Orlando Hernandez. Wow.

Okay. So are you ready for who the Twins will get in this deal? Here we go.

Carlos Gomez:
Gomez, a 22-year-old outfielder who may help fill the Twins' hole in center field, batted .232 with 2 homers and 12 RBIs over 58 games with the Mets last season, walking 8 times and striking out 27, but also stealing 12 bags. He's considered to be a five-tool player whose biggest assets are his speed and above-average defense. Gomez hit .275 with 2 homers and 13 RBIs in the minors in 2007.

Philip Humber:
Phil, a 25-year-old right-handed reliever, had a 7.07 ERA in 3 appearances (7 innings) for the Mets last season. Wait! It gets better. He struck out two batters. In 25 games with the AAA New Orleans Zephyrs last year, he went 11-9 with a 4.27 ERA, walking 44 and fanning 120. As the Mets' first-round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, Humber hasn't seen much time on any hill since last year was his first full season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2005.

Deolis Guerra:
Guerra, an 18-year-old righty from Venezuela who stands 6'5", went 2-6 with a 4.01 ERA for the Class-A St. Lucie Mets last season, his first in the minors. Over 89.2 innings, he walked 25 and struck out 66.

Kevin Mulvey:
This kid spent most of last season at Double-A Binghamton. The 22-year-old righty was 11-10 with a 3.32 ERA in 26 starts there.

Wait... who? Exactly. Congratulations, Mets fans. Apparently, Bill Smith was bribed threatened convinced that those four -- a motley crew, as Mel called them -- added up to one Johan Santana, regardless of their status as New York's #2, 3, 4 and 7 youngsters. Let's just say I hope there's some cash thrown into the mix, and at least the Twins will only have to face him during Interleague Play.

[USA Today]

16 comments:

Megs said...

Upset doesn't even describe how I feel. I knew this was coming, but I had to see/read it to believe it.

Wendy said...

Geez, shows you are smart I am. I thought for sure Santana would be in a Twins uniform until the trade deadline. Sad day for Twins fans, but I'm happy he at least went to the NL. Not only is Johan out of my beloved AL Central - but he also didn't go to the Yankees or Red Sox. And frankly that's cause for celebration in my book....

Bassmaster said...

WWWWWWWWWHOOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Sooze said...

I agree, Megs and Wendy. I'm bummed and a little disappointed in the return for him, but all we can do is have a positive outlook on next season and thank baby jesus that he didn't go to the Yankees or Red Sox.

Bass, you are an obnoxious bastard. But I still love ya.

deborah said...

better a met than an effing yankee or red sock. (apologies to your lizzie)

i'm sorry sooze. i was pretty sure it would be the mets in the end. we'll have a toast at a twins game in his honor. (or five or six at huberts before the game, ya know)

Casey said...

My condolences to you Twins' fans.

Maybe the Mets can actually win a couple games next September.

Andrew V. said...

I'll be dancing all night.

I don't think I could be any happier right now.

YEE-HAW JO-HAN!

Fornelli said...

(Does happy dance)

Free at last!

The Inevitable Muck-up said...

Tear (stupid emoticon thingy)

Aras said...

My condolences. That's dumb. That's really dumb. I am SO glad I am a Tigers fan right now...

dp said...

It's true that even in this moment of nearly unfettered glee for this long-time Met fan, I feel a tinge of empathy for the Minnesota Twins fans accustomed to seeing such a brilliant pitcher twirl gems in his prime. I sincerely hope that the Tigers don't ream them too badly this year.

That said, HALLELUJAH AMEN AMEN (if the Giants win, I'm going to church)

Skeelo said...

George Steinbrenner must be fuming and wondering if nepotism is a good idea at this point.

Anonymous said...

WORST POSSIBLE MOVE BY THE TWINS THIS OFFSEASON! I WAS REALLY STARTING TO LIKE SMITH TOO.

pookeyguru said...

Sooze it's probably a good thing Morneau got engaged. You know keeping you out of trouble & that sorta thing. MwAhAhA

Tuffy said...

Youze was robbed, Sooze. Still, Francisco Liriano, right? Right?

Sorry.

x-ray johnny said...

boy i wish i could throw a battery that far. i suppose i could just mail it.

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