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New York Mets: 6 Reasons Not to Trade Johan Santana This Offseason
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New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana is currently on the team's books at $25 million next season, but it would be worth their while to retain the two-time Cy Young award winner.

It's been speculated that general manger Sandy Alderson will try to dangle the southpaw in potential trades this winter, largely due to the bloated pricetag attached to Santana.

Despite the team's financial struggles—payroll has been cut by $60 million in just three years—it will be key for the Mets to hang onto Johan in 2013 for multiple reasons. Let's break down why.

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