Santana traded to Mets
The Star Tribune reported wednesday that Twins star pitcher Johan Santana has been traded to the New York Mets for four prospects.
In exchange for Sanatana, the Twins accepted Minnesota accepted outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Deolis Guerra, Kevin Mulvey and Philip Humber from the Mets. The Twins have been knowingly shopping Santana for several months, but many have blamed them for being too patient and not accepting earlier alleged deals from the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox.
The Twins have been publicly ridiculed for making this deal which dealt the two time cy-young winner Santana for a handful of prospects not even sure bets to make the Twins opening-day roster this spring. Even though Santana still had one-year left on his current contract, the Twins were looking to trade him now as they were not expecting to re-sign him once his contract was up, due to his incredibly high anticipated price tag. Despite the seemingly lopsided trade Twins owner Bill Smith believes he made the right move in dumping Santana now.
"It would have been a distraction. ... Every day the home media, the visiting media, every day, wants to know where you're going to be next year," said Smith."It would have been a little bit of a distraction, I think, for everybody on the team." (Pioneer Press)
The Santana trade is tough to swallow for Minnesota fans, especially since another hometown favorite, Torii Hunter, has already departed this off-season.