Yankees Bow Out Of Santana Sweepstakes As Mets Get Ready To Pounce

An article by posted on January 10, 2008

I preface this post by saying the following information is factual, comes from verifiable sources, and is very legitimate. That being said, hang on to your Mets caps and grab a seat.

I have been trying to verify some rumors that started surfacing late last night and spent a great deal of time tracking down verifiable sources from different sites regarding the news that the New York Yankees have in fact taken a giant step backward in their quest to land Johan Santana after refusing to improve their original offer. This has been verified by several team sources according to the New York Post, New York Daily News, and the Pioneer Press.

Brian Cashman’s philosophy which he has maintained all off-season has apparently sunk in as Hank Steinbrenner decided that he would not jeopardize the future of the franchise for Santana. Steinbrenner had already shown signs of backing down when he reported that the Yankees would not offer Santana more than a 5-year extension. Santana is on record as saying that he would waive his no trade clause for a seven-year extension.

The news from the Yankees was then trumped when rumors began to spread that the Mets may in fact be the frontrunner’s for the services of the young left handed pitcher. Several sites are reporting that the Twins have made it know that if the Mets offer a package of outfielders Fernando Martinez and Carlos Gomez, and pitchers Deolis Guerra, Kevin Mulvey and Phil Humber, it would be a done deal.

The Minnesota Star Tribune wrote the follwing…

They have the greatest need. They have the money to sign Santana. And they play in the National League, where he’s less likely to haunt the Twins. The players the Mets would send the Twins aren’t household names. There’s no Jose Reyes or David Wright. The offers aren’t perfect.

Personally, I still feel that Mike Pelfrey is the better and more polished pitchers of all the Mets prospects, and keeping him would be a huge plus for the Mets.

Fernando Martinez and Carlos Gomez would have to wait until Beltran’s contract expires to take over in centerfield and neither of them are close to being major league ready. At this stage of their career neither of them have the power one would want to see in a corner outfielder.

While each year the free agent market is full of great outfielders, only once every decade or so do you see a Cy Young caliber pitcher make it to free agency and the Mets currently have no prospects with a ceiling higher than a number three starter.

It’s a no-brainer, and the Mets do not part with any major league players to get it done… just a basket full of prospects that each have no better than a 50/50 chance of becoming players who can contribute at the major league level. 

Go for it Omar!

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