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Santana Claus Is Coming To Town

I was in a business meeting yesterday when I heard the news. The Mets acquired Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Carlos Gomez, and pitchers Philip Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey. The deal is pending the Mets and Santana agreeing to a contract extension (expected to be about 6 years at $130 million) as well as all players passing physicals. I had to try to keep my composure until the meeting ended and I was able to leave the room and find a place were I could jump for joy.

This is a trade that was talked about through all of the off season. The Mets were underdogs the whole way through but stood firm on their refusal to not include Jose Reyes in a deal. The Red Sox and Yankees both had prospects with higher upside than the Mets and at different points had included some of them in various packages. I was always convinced that the Yankees were only interested in making a deal if it would keep Santana away from the Red Sox. In the end, when the Red Sox refused to include both Jacoby Ellsbury and Jon Lester in the package, the Twins disregarded the Red Sox as potential trade partner. That being the case the Yankees, who all along had refused to include Phil Hughes in a deal, dropped away leaving the Mets as the only player left.

The most amazing thing to me is that the Mets managed to keep their highest position playing prospect, Fernando Martinez, as well as their highest pitching prospect, Mike Pelfrey.

The trade is a no brainer. But as with any prospect laden package the true winner in this deal will not be known for several years when the prospects true performance as well as the Mets World Series prospects as a result of the deal will be known. But right now this deal puts the Mets at the top of the heap on paper.

Lets go Mets!

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