Johan Santana to the Mets

Santana

Today the Twins made the long awaited move of trading Johan Santana.

In return they received a number of prospects from the New York Mets but none of whom are expected to make an immediate impact.

After signing Justin Morneau to an $80-million contract, it was time to off load the Cy Young award winner but since both the Yankees and the Red Sox had pulled themselves out of consideration, only the Mets had a package that could suffice.

Phillip Humber, Carlos Gomez, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra are on their way to Minnesota in what you could consider highway robbery by Mets GM Omar Minaya.

Adding Johan Santana helps the Mets significantly. Pitching was a major reason for their epic collapse at the end of last season that ended with them on the outside of the playoff picture. The presence of an Ace like Santana allows the team to win some low scoring games every now and then. For a team that was so close in 2006, Santana can help the team rebound from a disappointing 2007 to be NL East champs and potentially a trip to the World Series. He’s already the favourite for the NL’s Cy Young though I’ll hold my tongue until we see more of him in the batters box.

Minaya didn’t really even have to mortgage the future of the team to get him either. The four players they sent to Minnesota aren’t sure things and they managed to hold onto their two best prospects, Fernando Martinez and Mike Pelfrey.

The deal hasn’t gone through just yet, since he hasn’t passed a physical and Santana is asking for a contract extension in the neighborhood of six years and $160 million. Sure it’s the richest contract ever given to a pitcher, but ask yourself this, have you ever seen a free agent that deserved it as much as the 28-year-old Santana? The money is peanuts when you consider he’s probably entering the prime of his career … and that’s scary.

The Mets had better pay the man, or they’ll be no better in the pitching department than their rivals in the Bronx.

Justin Morneau

From Minnesota’s perspective the trade was a must. It’s unfortunate they didn’t get any help in the short term, but if any of these players pay off down the road the team will be in good shape to contend. Especially now with both Morneau and Cuddyer locked up and Joe Mauer under contract for a few more years, the Twins might suffer this season but there are certainly better times to come for this group. This year may have been a write-off as is with Detroit acquiring Dontrelle Willis and Miguel Cabrera. The Twins would have had to battle Cleveland and an AL east team for the wild-card, not to mention the Mariners if they can swing a deal for Erik Bedard.

Francisco Liriano may be the key to the Twins future success. If he can come back healthy in the near future, he should be able to pick up where Santana left off. I’d hate to see him go the way of Mark Prior but you can’t rule out that possibility. He’s an exceptional talent and just 24 years-old.

The Twins aren’t leaving the cupboard bare. I feel they’re just taking into account the talent in their division. Getting younger now will allow them to compete in a few years when their new stadium opens and other teams are having trouble signing their stars.

It’s inevitable in this sport.

This trade helps both teams. New York will see the dividends instantaneously while Minnesota will have to be patient.

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