New York Mets: 6 Ways a Healthy Johan Santana Changes Everything

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New York Mets: 6 Ways a Healthy Johan Santana Changes Everything
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Meet the Mets, meet the Mets, step right up and deplete the Mets.

That's the tenor of things in Queens these days, as stars of the 2006 NLCS squad vanish like so many unfulfilled dreams.

Jose Reyes in South Florida, Carlos Beltran in St. Louis—bat an eyelash and any remnants of past glory will have gone the way of a Mike Piazza moon shot.

And yet, through it all, there is good news.

GM Sandy Alderson confirms that shadow ace Johan Santana should be ready for Opening Day in April, a development that will bolster the rotation and add intrigue to a season that needs it.

Let's take a look at six ways Santana's return might improve the Mets in 2012 and beyond.

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