Thursday, January 31, 2008

Santana Update

Since the last post about Santana, a few things have cleared up.

#1) We now know that the Twins were asking for Ching Ming Wang and Ian Kennedy for Johan Santana. The Yankees shot that down as soon as they heard it. Its mind-boggling to see that the Twins couldn't get more for Santana. All I can say is that Omar made an awesome trade.

#2) The Mets are offering a six-year, $129MM extension starting with the '09 season. Including his '07 salary that would amount to seven years and $142.25MM. Santana's people want to get the total up around $170MM. ( via MLBTR). Anything over $126 million, would be the largest deal for a pitcher in history. Heyman also mentions that “high-ranking baseball people believe the deal is all but certain to get done”.

#3) According to Jason Stark, when one baseball man who had spoken with Mets GM Omar Minaya was asked if the club could end up with both Santana and Lohse, the reply was: "Absolutely." Stark also notes that contract talks will spill over onto Friday, and possibly to the 5 p.m. deadline. Chances of failing to reach an agreement are "remote." For now it appears that the Mets want the sixth year as a vesting option and Santana's people want it guaranteed.

Matt Cerrone and I have the same opinion on the Santana contract situation...

"there is no way that the Mets went through all of the energy to make this trade, only to blow it…"

Perfectly said Matt.