Quick thoughts on the Johan trade

I have been planning a more in-depth Hot stove post, but I had to at least post a quick thought on the trade of Johan Santana to the Mets. It’s been said already (by Keith Law) but it looks like the Twins dropped the ball here. They didn’t get the Mets top prospect or anyone with significant Major League experience.

It’s been noted that the Yankees and Red Sox offered better packages so there must be something we are missing. The only theory I have is that they wanted to keep him out of the American League. The Twins are serious about contending in the next few years and with all the talent they are stockpiling they could pull a Clevenland-esqu run off in a couple of years. You don’t want to have to face Johan twice before the playoffs.

As a [White] Sox fan, this works for me. According to Baseball Reference, Santana was 13-6 with a 3.24 ERA against the Sox in his career. I thought he was a lot more dominate but that is actually higher than his career ERA. Still, it’s a good thing not facing him 2-4 times a year.

Edit: When I said Sox in the last paragraph, I meant White Sox. Sorry for the confusion.

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2 Responses to “Quick thoughts on the Johan trade”


  1. 1 bigspot January 31, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    Hey Nick, I accidentally stumbled upon your blog. As a Yankee fan, I thought the same thing. You probably hate having Yankee fans write on your blog, but I think you will see that this might be one of the only times we are on the same page. We can both breathe a sigh of relief knowing that neither of our teams got him. You guys will still have a stronger rotation, and I believe good pitching beats good hitting, but it should still be a fun season. 14 days until pitchers and catchers.


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