While most of the writers for this blog are focusing on the Super Bowl, yours truly is still keeping an eye out on the rest of the sports world, especially baseball. The news outlets are reporting that the Mets and the Twins have agreed in principle to a deal that would send Johan Santana to the Mets for four prospects. The deal will be final given that Santana and the Mets can work out a contact extension and that Santana can pass a physical. According to ESPN, Santana will probably looking for a 6 year, $150 million dollar deal.
Examining this trade, it’s pretty unbelievable that the Mets were able to gain such a top-caliber pitcher and give up so little in return. It seems that not too many people are very impressed with the prospects that the Twins are landing in this deal, that is, in view of Santana’s talent. Needless to say, the Mets are the obvious winners in this trade since they are already being projected as the number one team in the NL East. There won’t be much that can interfere with that either, except for massive collapses which the Mets will be doing everything they can to forget about.
Honestly, I don’t think collapses will be much of a problem this year for the Mets. Santana is arguably the best pitcher in the league, and the Mets will reap the immediate benefits of this trade as a result.