Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Mets Land Santana, Contract Awaits

The New York Mets have won the Johan Santana sweepstakes with a trade including Humber, Gomez, Mulvey and Guerra according to USA Today via Rotoworld. The deal is pending the Mets working out a contract extension with Santana.

Not having to include Fernando Martinez is a win for Omar Minaya. Much more on this as it unfolds.

The Yankees organization and the majority of their fans received what they wanted: to keep their top pitching talents while ensuring Santana stay out of Boston. The pressure is now squarely on Brian Cashman as well as Phil Hughes, Ian Kennedy and Joba Chamberlain.

Cashman does not and has never appeared to be effected by the prospect of "being on the hook." The GM was under such pressures last season when the Yankees began the season in the AL East basement. He will be under similar scrutiny if Hughes (specifically) does not perform up to his abilities at age 21.

Cashman is also unaware as to what type of climate he will be subject to under the new ownership. Therefore, the embattled general manager could very well decide to move out of the big apple on his own volition and consider the multiple opportunities outside of pinstripe territory.

This is an exciting time for the Yankees farm followers and a declaration that the interlocking NY no longer stands for Not Young.

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