Johan Santana Sweepstakes: Why the Mets Should Say No

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Johan Santana Sweepstakes: Why the Mets Should Say No
IconAre they kidding?

The Twins want Carlos Gomez, Mike Pelfrey, Phil Humber, Fernando Martinez, and either another minor league pitcher or Aaron Heilman from the Mets for Johan Santana.

Then, once the Mets have purged their farm system of almost every top prospect, they'd have to sign Santana to the biggest contract ever awarded to a pitcher.

No, thanks.

This trade has Herschel Walker written all over it. Remember when the Dallas Cowboys traded Walker to the Minnesota Vikings for a slew of draft picks in 1989?

Do you also remember when that trade turned the Cowboys into a dynasty?

Well, jog your memory before the Mets become the Minnesota Vikings of the new millennium.

The Twins are on the pipe if they think Omar Minaya is this desperate. The Mets are more than one pitcher away from a championship. In fact, they're several players away from a championship—which means they'd be better off keeping their cadre of young talent.

The Twins, on the other hand, should be desperate. They HAVE to trade Santana—and the sooner the better.

Why?

Because Santana may have already peaked.

The lefty only pitched one complete game in 2007. He has gone all nine six times in his entire career, and has only four career shutouts—very average numbers.

What's more, Santana was 5-7 with a 4.04 ERA after the 2007 All-Star break, after going 10-6 with a 2.75 ERA in the first half.

Which pitcher are the Mets going to get here—Santana the ace or Santana the mortal? Is either worth half the farm system plus $150 million?

Of course not.

Discussion over.
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