This is a really good trade for the Mets. I mean, assuming the contract gets signed and blah blah blah. Santana apparently really wanted to come to the Mets -- which is nice, for a change. Some folks think that this might indicate that players now regard the Mets as a first-class organization, and Queens as a desireable place to play; but really, I don't think so.
The truth is that there were limited teams who would be able to afford to pay Santana the amount of money in an extension in order for him to waive his no-trade clause; realistically only the Red Sox, Yanks, and Mets. And the Sox and Yankees were more more interested in preventing their AL East rivals from securing Santana than in actually getting him themselves. Once that became apparent to Bill Smith (Twinks GM) he didn't really have anybody else to trade with except the Mets. Which is why they were able to get him for four Grade B prospects.
Still, it worked out great for us.
Also, Philly? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!!
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