When the Mets originally acquired Johan Santana after the 2007 season, it was hailed as a great acquisition for the Mets. He was coming off a four year period where he went 70-32 with a 2.89 ERA, an incredible 0.99 WHIP and an even better 4.96 SO/BB ratio. He finished in the top five of the Cy Young vote each of these four years, taking home the award twice.
Nobody questioned what he would bring to the Mets on the field. What sparked the most debate however was if he would stay healthy long enough to validate his epic new contract. With the advantage of hindsight, we already know the answer to that question, and it is not good.
Today, with at least $55 million owed to Santana over the next three seasons (including his 2014 buyout), the Mets find themselves in a bind. The value of their former ace has plummeted, and if history has taught us anything, coming back from a torn anterior capsule is extremely difficult.
So for something Mets fans back in 2008 never thought they would hear, here are 10 reasons why trading Johan Santana in July is a smart move.