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And The Santanamania Goes To...
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
We've been waiting for news on Santanamania's 2008 destination since the end of the 2007 season, and it appears that a decision has FINALLY been made! The Yanks were in the mix for quite a while, offering the likes of the Melk-ster and Hughsie, but the Twinsies (wisely) had their sights set on Jobamania and/or I-Ken; the Red Sox were considered the other big player and offered either Ellsbury or Lester, but the Twinsies wanted both, not one or the other. Both of those negotiations ended up sputtering out, and it looks like 'tis the METS that will end up the winners of the Santanamania sweepstakes.

According to MetsBlog the deal won't be dunzo until a (sizable!) contract extension is agreed upon, and they have 72 hours to get that hammered out. The Met Jrs that will be heading to Twinsville won't be officially announced until that time, but it looks as though the Twins will be getting 3 pitchers (Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey) and one outfielder (Carlos Gomez). Obviously I am not all that familiar with the Mets' farm system and prospects, but Mets fans and bloggers seem to agree that those 4 players project to be solid, but they are very happy that their top prospect, Fernando Martinez (a 19-yr-0ld outfielder) was not included in the deal, and neither was 24-yr-old pitcher Mike Pelfrey.

I'm sure all parties involved are pleased with this situation - Santana gets his extension and will be pitching in the NL, the Twins get some prospects, and the Mets get arguably the best pitcher in baseball for what appears to be a relatively low cost prospects-wise - but I've got to say that I still feel like the offers both the Red Sox and Yankees put on the table were better than what the Twins are getting from the Mets. Why would a team turn down Melky and Hughes or Lester/Ellsubry, who are proven to be capable of succeeding in the big time, in favor of 4 guys with a lot of promise but limited experience? Am I missing something?

The best part of this news for the Yanks is, of course, the fact that the guy did not end up going to the Red Sox. They will now only have to face him probably twice a year during interleague play (once per series) - more if the two teams ever end up facing off in a WS again! - rather than 5+ times against a division rival, and they won't have to worry about him boosting the Sox's record for years to come. Their pitching is good enough without that beast.

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, January 29, 2008  
  • At 3:45 PM, Blogger Ian said…

    I think most people (Yanks and Sox fans) are happy that Santana went to a NL team.

    The Mets robbed the Twins. I agree with you as most people do, the Red Sox and Yankees definitely had much better offers on the table at one point or another.

  • At 3:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Yankees,

    Thank you for synching things up for us, so that the one year Santana is on the market just so happens to be the one year between George shifting the reigns to Hankenstein. If a Steinbrenner had a say, many Yankees prospects would now be on their way to Minnesota instead.


    Mets Fans

  • At 6:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I definitely agree that the offers from the Sox and Yanks were considerably better. I wonder what the selling point was on this deal?

  • At 6:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I second what Ian said. Thank the Good Lord this guy is out of the Amercian League. No doubt, we'll face him during the Subway Series, but we can deal with one or two meetings per season. Of course, we need to worry about the post-season, but let's worry about getting there first.

  • At 6:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Wow, Smith over played his hand like an imbecile and he screwed his team over big time, they got NOTHING. Nice way to start off your first year as GM. I'm sure Twins fans are thrilled this clown is running the ship.

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