Johan Santana is a marvelous pitcher. Perhaps the best in the game. But, it would be a mistake for the Mets to pay the price. The bar was set for pitchers last winter with Barry Zito at seven years and $126 million.
Santana is clearly better, but you pass because of the price and long odds of staying healthy. He will cost at least three prospects, and the Mets’ farm system isn’t deep to begin with. Yes, the Mets can afford the salary, especially moving into a new park.
However, seven or eight years is a huge gamble for a pitcher. I’d rather spend it on two 14-game winners and fill two spots in the rotation and have money left over for the bullpen or bench.
Santana is great. There’s no doubting. Let the Yankees overpay and risk him blowing out his arm.