New York Mets Land Ace Johan Santana

Johnny SheaCorrespondent IJanuary 29, 2008

The Minnesota Twins and New York Mets have agreed to a deal that would send four top Mets prospects to Minnesota for Twins ace Johan Santana, arguably the best pitcher in baseball.

The deal is nearly finalized and the Mets have been offered 48-72 hours to negotiate Santana's contract, pending he pass a physical. Reports indicate that Santana is seeking $150 million for six or seven years.

According to the report by USA Today, the four prospects the Twins will receive are pitchers Deolis Guerra, Phil Humber, and Kevin Mulvey, and an outfielder in Carlos Gomez. Fernardo Martinez and Mike Pelfrey have been excluded from the trade deal.

The Twins will be left without their ace pitcher, who has put up phenomenal numbers. He holds a 93-44 record of eight seasons, has been awarded the Cy Young twice, and has struck out at least 235 batters in each season according to

Last season, Santana went 15-13 with a 3.33 ERA, and that was considered an "off" season for the lefty.

Gomez will most likely fill the Twins hole in centerfield. His overall speed is astonishing; his defense is above-average as well. This five-tool player should be extremely productive for Minnesota.

Humber, 25, made his Major League debut in one of the Mets’ final games. It was the toughest of situations for the right-hander, who ended up losing the game for New York. However, he put up solid numbers for Triple-A and has a successful career ahead of him.

Guerra, a right-hander out of Venezuela, struck out 66 batters in 89 2/3 innings for Class A. He will turn 19 this April.

Mulvey posted a 3.26 ERA with the Double-A Binghamton squad, where he started 26 games.

The Mets, who were projected as the team that must deal players like Wright or Reyes to land Santana, shows that Minnesota clearly overplayed their card. With the physical and contract pending finalization, the Mets have landed one of the best pitchers in all of baseball.