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Spin, Spin, Spin....

Posted on: January 28, 2008 5:33 pm
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So, the Winter Meetings have come and gone, a new year has begun and now we're two and a half weeks away from pitchers and catchers. Are we as Mets fans two and half weeks closer to seeing Johan Santana suited up in royal blue and orange though? Last week, I blogged a bit (and got a nice little response in my view; thanks to all who read it) on Johan possibly coming to Queens, and the prevailing thought at the time was that it was very likely. Ryan Church, Aaron Heilman, Kevin Mulvey or Philip Humber and Deolis Guerra, were said to be going to Minnesota for Santana. That's what was said anyway. This week, I've discovered that Fernando Martinez has  (that viewpoint has been altered over and over again) to be in the deal; and that within 10 days, Johan will..... I repeat WILL be traded. And get this: The Mets are still the frontrunners!

At this point, I'm a bit skeptical about it all. I mean, I would love to have Johan Santana at the front of the Mets' rotation come Opening Day. It'll be different to see someone other than either Tom Glavine ('07) or Pedro Martinez ('05 and '06) start Opening Day for the Amazins; nevertheless is it worth all the headache reading contradicting source after contradicting source? Who really knows what's going on between Bill Smith, Minnesota GM, Theo Epstein, The Bosses Steinbrenner + Cashman and Omar Minaya? Will the credible source please stand up and tell me what in the world is going on in these trade talks; and give me a definitive answer as to where this guy is actually going to pitch in 2008?

If the Mets are just pawns in all this, just let Minaya know so we can go ahead and sign Livan Hernandez. While that's probably a move that costs us a championship in '08, at least we'll still have a farm system! I swear if this deal is made, the Mets may as well have open tryouts for the New Orleans Zephyrs! I want you to know, I'll be first in line because if the Mets prospects are as overrated as they say, anyone....including me could make their squad. Just think, that team actually competed last year for the PCL Championship last summer. Go figure. Anyway, I have to give credit to the Matt Cerrone and his guys at Metsblog.com and Tim Dierkes at mlbtraderumors.com. They keep me sane with all the Johan talk and their opinions and sources are great; but I think they're getting a bit overwhelmed with all the drama too.

So, my head is getting dizzy, Mr. Bill Smith, Minnesota Twins GM. Quit creating all the 'spin' and deal Johan somewhere! If he ends up in Flushing, great. If not, trade him somewhere so you can finally get your boatload of prospects, because that's all he'll bring you in return. Philip Hughes and Ian Kennedy are apparently out of the question as is Jacoby Ellsbury, and Jon Lester. Either way, I just want some baseball to be played....with or without Johan. Let's go Mets!    

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Since: Oct 3, 2007
Posted on: January 29, 2008 10:32 pm
 

Spin, Spin, Spin....

I applaud Omar for getting this trade done without giving up our top prospect.
 



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2008 10:19 pm
 

Spin, Spin, Spin....

Absolutely incredible!! I think Mike Pelfrey establishes himself this year, joining John Maine in 2009 for good in the Mets rotation. I say 2009 because with Santana, the Mets have 6 starters. Does Pelfrey take the 5th spot or work out of the bullpen this year? What a luxury to have now! Fernando Martinez I think has to be on track to take over for Alou after this year. We almost have no other choice with Carlos Gomez on his way to Minnesota. Either way, it's over, thank God! Now, let's make this whole thing official ASAP and get on with the program.



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2008 9:31 pm
 

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Out damn standing! Omar Minaya deserves alot of credit with this one and the twins walk away looking like fools for not taking one of the the Red Sox or Yankee offers back in the fall. I still cant believe we pulled this off while keeping Mike Pelfrey and Fernando Martinez.



Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2008 4:34 pm
 

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JJ, you're right; but it doesn't matter now, because our boys are going to be nice this year......The Mets got Johan! I'm sure you know this already; and what's more, we only gave up 4 prospects. Not bad. Honestly, I'm excited; so much so that I can barely type!!!




Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: January 29, 2008 2:11 pm
 

Spin, Spin, Spin....

I think you worry a little too much about the farm system IF we are able to obtain Johan Santana. The best that we would be giving up was at a minimum, a couple of years away from helping us and we do have 3, 1st rd picks in the upcoming minor league draft. I personally would like to see it get done because a starting rotation of Johan Santana, Pedro Martinez, John Maine and Oliver Perez (5th SP almost becomes irrelevant and deciding between El Duque- who would be better off in the pen- and Mike Pelfrey is a nice luxury to have and you still have the possibility of signing either Livan Hernandez or Kyle Lohse). Then it even allays some concern over the staff for 2009 and later because even if we dont resign Pedro, a front three of Santana, Maine and Perez still has us young and very competitive. I don't know. I just don't value minor leaguers as much as the next guy. It is much easier top draw up a list of guys that were traded that were supposed to be the real deal that amounted to nothing than to come up with a list of guys that bit us in the rear end (and yes I know, when it happens it stands out IE Kazmir but I am sure you get my point). I would probably feel different if we were talking about giving up talent that can help right now but that just isn't the case. We have probably hashed, rehashed, and regurgitated the pros and cons of trading for and signing Johan Santana so many times that at this point most of us are utterly sick of thinking about it. I just hope that we finally get some closure one way or another.


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