Santana, after all, was a two-time Cy Young winner in the prime of his career. It did not seem that he was very interested in pitching for the Mets, nor did New York have the prospects to make a deal with the Twins.
General manager Omar Minaya found a way to pull it off, and it paid off initially.
Since then, however, Santana's career in New York has featured severe peaks and valleys. The latest valley is a re-tear of his anterior capsule, as first reported by Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.
His career in New York is likely over—and potentially his career in baseball. Here are the best and worst moments of his Mets career.