As long as Johan Santana is on the block the Mets will be mentioned. They will because the Mets are a New York team with money.
However, as long as the Red Sox and Yankees continue to play chicken, why should the Mets be willing to up the ante? Neither Boston nor the Yankees need Santana, and it is questionable whether the really want him. Their interest is primarily to keep him away from the other.
Sure, the Mets can sweep in if they give the Twins a half-a-dozen prospects and Santana $140 million. Why should they? They should start taking prospects off the table. Tell the Twins to take-it-or-leave it. And, do the same with Santana when it comes time to talk contract. Then, we’ll see how anxious the Twins are to move him and how badly he wants to leave.
The Mets are being played for suckers if they continue this posturing with the Twins, and if they did do the deal, it would set back the franchise. The Mets have future holes after this season that having Santana wouldn’t fill. It’s time to dance with somebody else.