Here comes another disection of a big move. Johan Santana, the sexy trade chip, is gone. He has packed his bags and is off to the big apple, which he will get to see when a Met hits a home run. He is finally gone, meaning there is not much left on the trading block other than the whole O's roster(except Nick Markakis) and most of the A's roster.
Mets take: I like this deal for the Mets. They do not give up there prized outfield prospect in 19-year old Fernando Martinez. They will give up an outfield prospect that has no room on the roster with Carlos Beltran, Moises Alou, Endy Chavez, Ryan Church, Marlon Anderson and Angel Pagan. They also give up injured but talented Phil Humber, who looks to produce as a number 3 starter at best, Deolis Guerra who is a young fireballer who can be within th 2-4 starter range and Kevin Mulvey, who could be a number 2 sometime. The Mets are getting the ace for there staff that also has Pedro Martinez, Orlando Hernandez, John Maine and Oliver Perez. Thats a pretty good bunch of pitchers. I don't think that this gives the Mets an automatic NL East winner, especially with that top notch Phillies line-up that is good top-to-bottom.
Twins take: I don't like this deal that much. The Twins were backed against a wall to get something for Johan instead of watching him leave without anything other than a 1st round pick. I think all 4 of the prospects that the Twins are getting will turn out to be fine, especially if the future 5 for the Twins turns out to be Liriano, Slowey, Mulvey, Guerra and Bonser/Humber. I still prefer this deal for the mets because of 1 player: Fernando Martinez. If F-Mart would have been thrown in, this deal quickly becomes a success for the Twins. Gomez will most likely start in the majors for the Twins with Michael Cuddyer and Craig Monroe in the other spots and Delmon Young getting the DH nod.
Pre-Season Winner: New York Mets
Johan Santana 2008 projected stats: 16-6/ 3.20 ERA/ 238-48 K-BB
Phil Humber 2008 Projected stats: 1-4/ 3.28 ERA/ 71-32 K-BB
Carlos Gomez 2008 Projected stats: 132 G/ .306 BA/ 15 HR/ 80 RBI