By Mike Steffanos
As expected, the Twins reached a tentative agreement with the
Yankees Red Sox...
Actually, none of the above. Despite hearing all winter that the Mets had little chance of pulling off this deal, it is Omar Minaya and company that have apparently reached a tentative agreement on a deal for the much-coveted southpaw. I can't count how many times I read on Buster Olney's blog that the prospects the Mets were offering were "vastly inferior" to what the Sox and Yankees were putting on the table. I made the comparison at one point between what was being written about the Mets prospects to the scene in Animal House where the geeky kids were trying to pledge the snooty Omega fraternity.
I give Omar Minaya a lot of credit for this one. He gave up a lot for Santana, but it looks like a fair deal for both sides. Certainly the unwillingness of the Yankees and Sox to part with the cream of their system helped Omar to get his man, but his persistence despite the pronouncements of the nay-sayers was laudable.
I hate to see Gomez, Humber, Mulvey and Deolis Guerra go, but given that Minaya was able to land Santana without including Mike Pelfrey and Fernando Martinez is quite a coup. Sure, a prospect trade like this one could backfire in the long run, but I can't find any fault with it.
If Pedro Martinez manages to stay healthy this season the Mets will have a remarkable 1-2 in their rotation. John Maine and Oliver Perez move down to 3 and 4 with a considerable amount of pressure lifted from their shoulders. I suspect that Mets fans won't be subjected to quite so many dire predictions of disaster in the upcoming season, provided Johan passes his physical and they can come to terms on an extension.