By Joe Christensen
The five-year, $93 million contract the Twins recently offered Johan Santana would only have kept him with the team through 2012, the Star Tribune has learned.
Santana is owed $13.25 million for next season in the final year of his four-year, $39.75 million contract. The Twins offered to terminate that deal and begin the new five-year contract, meaning they essentially offered him a four-year, $80 million extension.
The Star Tribune had reported that Santana countered the five-year, $93 million offer by asking for a deal similar to the seven-year, $126 million deal Barry Zito inked with the Giants last offseason. But a person familiar with the discussions said Santana’s comparison to Zito is only in reference to the seven-year framework. Santana told the Twins he is looking for a six-year extension, and since the Twins were only offering four, the sides agreed the team should begin exploring trade options.
Some in the industry believe Santana, a two-time Cy Young Award winner, will seek upwards of $25 million per season in his next deal. He has a complete no-trade clause and will control much of his own fate, since he can veto any deal if the receiving team doesn’t meet his asking price.