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Johan Santana; Tell A-Rod We Say Hi
The great Johan Santana. Imagine him on the trading block.
The Mets committed a lot of money to Santana three years ago, and he still has three years left on that deal. He will be owed roughly $61M at the deadline. Santana is currently rehabbing from an off-season shoulder surgery.
Santana is entering the twilight of his years as a pitcher, highlighted by his current injuries. When healthy, he is extremely effective on the mound, but the question remains as to how healthy he will be for the rest of his contract.
The biggest obstacle in trading Santana would appear to be the massive amount of money he is owed. That, matched with his inability to stay off of the Disabled List, would make a trade difficult and, as such, somewhat unlikely.
There is one team in particular for whom money never seems to be an obstacle. As it turns out, that team is also in dire need of starting pitching help. Should that trade happen, Santana wouldn’t even need to move.
This is the risk with long-term contracts to ace pitchers: rarely are they worth the amount of money that they are due by the end of their deals. Hence, Carlos Zambrano, Barry Zito and Johan Santana.
Will he be traded? It is unlikely that a suitor will be found.
Should he be traded? If at all possible, yes.
Money remaining on his contract at the deadline: $66.5M
Who needs him? Everyone needs quality starting pitching (except The Phillies), but only the New York Yankees, and possibly The Boston Red Sox, could afford him.