Twins, Mets agree on Santana deal

Posted on January 29th, 2008 – 4:06 PM
By La Velle

Multiple major league sources familiar with negotiations are confirming that the Twins and New York Mets have agreed to trade of two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana for four prospects.

The deal is pending physicals and a contract extension for Santana that’s expected to be for at least six years and more than $20 million a season.

In return for Santana, the Twins will receive four of the Mets best prospects – outfielder Carlos Gomez and righthanders Phillip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra.

The Twins wanted outfield prospect Fernando Martinez in the deal but the Mets balked at gutting their farm system of top prospects.

The deal comes after it was learned on Tuesday that Santana and his agent, Peter Greenberg, had begun to apply pressure to the Twins to get something done. There were indications, for instance, that Red Sox were told on Friday that it was time to bring their best offer to the table.

The Red Sox offered packages centering around lefthander Jon Lester and another centering around outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Infielder Jed Lowrie was believed to be attached to both deals, but it was learned on Tuesday that, in recent weeks, the Twins and Red Sox had changed some of the names in the back end of the deal.

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