THAT’S WHAT IT TOOK TO GET JOHAN?
All the hubbub about what it would take to snag Johan Santana? Much ado about nothing. From the looks of it, it turns out anyone with a willingness to spend could have traded for him. Unless the Twins know something about the Mets prospects that we don’t.
ESPN’s Keith Law: “In the abstract, it’s hard to accept dealing your marquee player and top trading asset without getting your partner’s top young player in return, and that’s what the Twins did. They did get back significant economic value in four young players, each of whom has under one year of big-league service and two of whom aren’t even on the Mets’ 40-man roster yet, so the Twins will have each of them under control for six full years of service. That return in exchange for just one year of Santana’s services is reasonable. But premium players should fetch premium prices, because there’s value to a club in having so much production coming from a single roster spot. And in this case, Minnesota GM Bill Smith did not get a premium prospect in return.”
It’s all about the money. The Mets will spend the great sums it takes to sign Santana to a long-term deal and the Twins get a bunch of prospects that come on the cheap. If I was a Twins fan I would be furious. And as a Cubs and White Sox fan, I’m a little perturbed that they did not make a run at Santana.
Tell me–did it take more to get Nick Swisher or Johan Santana? I’m not sure. And if the Cubs are going to trade 3 of their best prospects for Brian Roberts, they couldn’t go for Santana?