Santana Trade Did Not Kill The Farm System

An article by posted on August 11, 2009

The last 2 years we have heard that when the Mets traded Carlos Gomez, Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey for Johan Santana, that the trade killed the farm system.  The Mets, and for some reason the media, told us this trade while it was necessary and important, completely decimated the farm system.  This trade slowed down the future of the Mets.

Much like a lot of other things the Mets say, this is wrong.  The Mets somehow were able to steal Santana for 4 prospects that are nowhere close to the talent Santana has.  Lets look at each player following the trade:

  • Kevin Mulvey: The Mets drafted Mulvey in 2006 in the 2nd round of the draft (62nd overall).  Last year in AAA his record was 7-9 with a 3.77 ERA.  This year he is currently 4-7 with an ERA over 4.  He has 48 walks this season, that was all the walks he allowed last year.  So far he has pitched in 20 games this season.
  • Deolis Guerra: The Mets signed Guerra in 2005.  He seems the most promising out of the trade for the Twins as far as pitching goes.  Last year for the Twins Single A+ team he went 11-9 with a 5.47 ERA.  He started in 25 games last season.  This year in the 1st half of A+ ball he was 6-8 with an ERA of 4.69 in 15 games started.  He is now currently in AA with a record of 4-2 and an ERA over 6 in 6 games started.
  • Phil Humber: The Mets drafted Humber in 2004 as their 1st round pick.  They gave him a signing bonus of 3.7 million dollars.  Before being traded he underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2005.  After being traded to the Twins Humber was assigned to Triple A for most of the season.  He did appear in 5 games for the Twins in 2008.  He had an ERA of 4.63 in 11.2 innings.  He allowed 11 hits, 6 runs and allowed 6 HR’s.  In 2009 he appeared in 4 games posting an ERA of almost 13 before being designated for assignment by the Twins.
  • Carlos Gomez: The Mets signed him to a contract at the age of 16.  In his time with the Mets he made it to the show.  We saw that he had explosive speed and was a good defender but his offense left a lot to be desired, challenging the notion that he was a five tool player.  Gomez became the starting center fielder for the Twins after trade with the departure of Tori Hunter.  He hit for the cycle last season but also had the most errors among center fielders in MLB.  He finished the season with a .258 batting AVG.  This season so far he is hitting only .224.

Now if these guys were not traded and were the “future” of the New York Mets we would be in even more trouble than we are now.  The fact is that Santana being traded here to the Mets did not deplete the farm system.  The farm system was no good before this trade was made.  The Twins were desperate to cut their payroll and had asked too much of the Yankees and Red Sox, and the only team left that could afford to give Johan the money he wanted was the Mets.  The Mets over the last few years have done a horrible job developing their minor league system.  If there is one silver lining this season that silver lining is that the amount of injuries has shown how bad the farm system is and that it needs to be rebuilt and soon.

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