Hot stove mania has cooled in this neck of the woods, but our rival blog is abuzz with rumors that the Mets are closing in on Johan Santana. [Link]
According to Joe Christensen of the Minnesota Star Tribune, the Twins have told the Mets they can have the left-hander if they add OF Fernando Martinez to their current offer of OF Carlos Gomez and RHPs Deolis Guerra, Kevin Mulvey and Phil Humber. The Yankees and Red Sox both remain in the sweepstakes, but “Ultimately, the Mets might be the best fit,” writes Christensen.
MetsBlog proprietor Matthew Cerrone remains guarded about giving up the farm, but says he might kick in the extra prospect to meet Minnesota’s asking price. According to the Star-Tribune piece, Santana is seeking a five-or-six-year contract worth $20 million a season.
Writes Cerrone: “If the Mets can acquire Johan Santana, but also keep Mike Pelfrey and Aaron Heilman, as well as Brant Rustich and Eddie Kunz, as the previous posts suggest, I’ll be happy.” Cerrone goes on to say that past targets – such as Roy Oswalt, Jake Peavy and Carlos Zambrano, re-signed with their clubs and never hit the open market. Waiting on free agents hasn't been a worthwhile strategy.
“It is super important for this team to have a young, dominant ace for at least the next few seasons, and for the debut of Citi Field,” Cerrone writes. “And, as best I can tell, the only way it is going to happen for certain is if the Mets acquire Santana right now. Otherwise, I fear we will go through this same desperate charade next off-season, and the one after that, and the one after that ...”
A MetsBlog poll shows 70 percent of readers would be willing to send the five prospects to Minnesota for Santana.
Beerleaguer: There’s no way to sugarcoat the strong possibility that Santana, the top prize, will be a Met next season, and possibly the next six. He would swing the balance of division power back over to the Mets. Head-to-head, it would be a nightmare. Maybe I'll take up gardening this summer. Or woodworking. Have a nice day. It’s been real.