Johan Santana’s agent met with the New York Mets yesterday to get closer to an agreement to bring Santana from Minnesota Twins. There’s not a lot of time to negotiate. The deadline to reach a deal is 5pm EST tomorrow (Friday).
No one is talking (except the two sides in negotiation) details. The deal could be worth more than $120 million over six or seven years. It’s expected that the deal will happen. Then all that needs to happen is that Santana passes a physical (no problem).
Santana’s agent already represents two Met’s players: All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes and reserve outfielder Endy Chavez (who the Mets just brought on last week).
The Mets are going all out. They are trading four prospects: speedy outfielder Carlos Gomez, and pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra.
Hopefully this will energize the Mets after their collapse in September. Mets tickets have been selling well regardless. Even without Santana, the Mets already have sold 1.75 million tickets for their final season in Shea Stadium. That’s up 100,000 from last year at the same time period.
The Yankees, and the Boston Red Sox also flirted with bringing on Santana. The Twins can’t afford to keep him and he’s becoming a free agent this year.