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Santana Done?

The day we all feared has finally come. The Mets announced yesterday that Johan Santana has a recurrence of the same injury that kept him out for the whole 2011 season and likely has thrown his last pitch as a Met, possibly of his career. I actually did not have very high expectations for Santana this year but am sad to see it end this way.

The end of Santana ushers in the end of the Omar Minaya era (error?). He’s the last of the expensive free agents Minaya signed to remain be with the team. Minaya was always in what I call “one player away mode” signing the one big player he thought would get the team over the top. The problem is that the team was actually more than one player away and Minaya’s strategy led to a house of cards that quickly came crashing down when the wind blew in the wrong direction.

Now that Santana is out of the picture the Mets commitment to developing their younger pitchers will be put to the test. Hopefully this will not cause them to rush anyone along.

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