Johan Santana Trade: Why The Yankees Owe The Mets

Jeremy KaufmanSenior Analyst IJanuary 29, 2008

Wow.  I never would have thought I’d be saying this, but the Yankees really owe the Mets one. Big time. Really, they literally just saved our lives.

Don’t know what I’m talking about? I’m talking about Johan Santana.

It’s looking like the Mets are about to make him theirs, and, by doing so, they just saved the New York Yankees franchise.

Nothing good could have happened if the Mets didn’t make this trade.

Either the New York Yankees would eventually give in and mortgage away their future and blow up their payroll by giving in to the Twins or, even worse, the Red Sox would have gotten him.

It was a scary time to be a Yankee fan, it really was, but a miracle happened. Now, the best pitcher in baseball will no longer be our problem; he’ll be in the National League.

He’ll never bother us again, except perhaps in an inter-league game or possibly the World Series.

Anyway, long story short, our once bitter rival just saved our lives. And we owe them. Well, kinda. Think about it.