Five Years Ago: The Start of the Santana Rumors

The following post appeared on MetsBlog.com five years ago today…


In 2007, Santana was 15-13 with a 3.33 ERA, while striking out 235 batters in 219 innings for what would be his final season with the Twins before being traded to the Mets that winter.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I plan to do more of these flashback posts throughout the off-season, but I am most looking forward to re-following the Santana Trade, which I remember being rather tumultuous and constant. I also remembering being one of the only people giving the Mets a chance to acquire him. The thing is, at this time in 2007, so early in the off-season, most insiders felt there was a better chance of chance of the Mets getting Dan Haren from the A’s, since people were already penciling Santana in to the Yankees rotation. I never got that sense. I was being told, by people in Minnesota and Queens, that Santana wanted to be on the Mets, while the Yankees were repeatedly saying they would never give up guys like Cabrera, Hughes, Robinson Cano and others in their organization who had yet to be promoted.

In regards to the names above, it’s always interesting to me how the talk ends up being SO much more significant then the prospects that are actually traded in these sort of deals. It makes me wonder what that means right now for a guy like Justin Upton and the D-Backs…