The word around baseball is that the Twins have agreed to send superstar pitcher Johan Santana to the Mets for some prospects, including outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey. I really thought it was going to be the Red Sox or the Yankees who would snag Santana, but somehow the Mets got it done.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Red Sox offered left handed pitcher Jon Lester and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, arguably the Red Sox top prospects, and both with some major league experience. The Mets offer, according to Rosenthal, is maybe not so good for the Twins:
“The quality of the Mets’ package, though, is certain to be debated. Gomez, a speedy, athletic wonder, needs to prove that he can hit major-league pitching. Mulvey and Humber might only become back-of-the-rotation starters. Guerra has yet to pitch above Class A.”
So what does this all mean? Probably that the Twins will maybe suck for about two years, until more of their minor league talent matures and they make the playoffs in 2010 with a tiny payroll, and the Mets will have an even bigger payroll, another stud pitcher, and lots of disappointed fans when they once again can’t win the World Series, let alone the NL East.