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Santana Headed to New York

On Tuesday, the Minnesota Twins dealt two-time Cy Young award winner Johan Santana to the New York Mets for four prospects, the Star Tribune reported.
Santana and his agent, Peter Greenberg, made a deadline for the Twins to trade the pitcher to another team or face losing him to free agency after the 2008 season. The Twins received offers from the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, but chose to go with the Mets instead.
Sources say that the Mets plan to offer Santana a six-year deal that would be around $130 million. The deal, however, faces a timeline of Friday afternoon. Santana needs to pass a physical examination and work out a deal with the Mets before Friday to finalize the trade.
“We hope to have some resolution to the whole thing soon, but we don’t have anything else to say today,? said Twins GM Bill Smith. (Star Tribune)
The New York Times reported that Santana will become the Mets No. 1 pitcher, filling the gap left by former pitcher Tom Glavine. Santana comes in with a record of 93-44 in his career.
In return, the Twins will be getting four young players: outfielder Carlos Gómez, pitcher Philip Humber, pitcher Deolis Guerra and pitcher Kevin Mulvey. Of these four only Gómez had significant major league experience. In 2007 Gómez played 58 games for the Mets and has great speed and defense.
Humber and Mulvey are expected to be middle-of-the-rotation pitchers with Guerra expected to be a No. 1 pitcher. At only 18-years-old, Guerra stands 6-foot-5 and pitched at Class A St. Lucie. Yet all three pitchers are still a few years away from the major leagues.
“There’s no can’t-miss guy here,? said Jim Callis, the executive editor of Baseball America. “If Guerra became everything he could be, and Gómez became everything he could be, then it could be a pretty good deal.? (New York Times)