First, my Canadian Crusher , 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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