Well the NL East will be a tougher cookie to crack in 2008, apparently – the Mets and Twins have agreed to terms of a deal, and all that stands in the way now is a contract extension for Santana. The Mets and Santana have until Friday evening to come to terms on an extension expected to be $20 to $21 million a year for five or six years. It appears that Santana has most of the leverage in this situation, so he’ll probably get what he wants if he sticks by his guns.
The amazing thing to me are the predictions coming across the waves right now – ESPN is naming the Mets the team to beat in the NL both online at on SportsCenter. They’re also predicting that Santana gets the CY Young award this year. Now I realize that Johan Santana is one of, if not the games best pitchers. I’m just not convinced that Santana adds so much that the Mets become the team to beat in the NL. I’m not saying it’s not close, but I don’t understand the immediate jump from the acquisition of one player who only plays once every five days.
Seriously – we saw most people put them in the number 2 or 3 spot in the NL East two months ago. Now they’ve added a great pitcher, and nobody can argue that Santana isn’t one of the elite pitchers in the game. I just need more arguments than spur-of-the-moment post trade articles and 30 second statements on sports shows to convince me that Santana adds that much to the team.
Mets fans, that’s your queue – convince me.
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