Mets would “love” to trade Johan Santana

Johan Santana road polaroidThe Mets would love to trade Johan Santana, and are willing to pick up most of what remains on his contract, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

“The Mets would help pay the $31 million left on Santana’s deal. As teams start to round off rotations, he could be a good fifth arm,” Cafardo explains.

During the Winter Meetings, Cafardo said while the Mets are willing to pay a portion of Johan Santana‘s salary, they had not received any trade inquires on him yet.

Last week, Bob Klapisch of the Bergen Record wrote no one in the Mets organization who is talking about retaining Santana beyond 2013 after his contract expires.

Michael Baron, Contributor

I’m not surprised the Mets have put feelers out there for Santana, but I have little doubt he will be with the Mets in 2013. That doesn’t mean the Mets won’t try to deal him this summer, especially if he’s performing. There’s just a lot of risk involved in taking Santana, even if the Mets are willing to pick up a large portion of his salary.

I just hope Santana can stay healthy and show signs of the pitcher he was before his shoulder surgery. When he’s on, he’s one of the most fun and entertaining pitchers in the game, and he proved last year he can be part of a solution for any team.

Statistics and information on Johan Santana...

Stats: Santana went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts in 2012.

After his no-hitter on June 1, Santana went 3-7 with a 8.27 ERA over his final ten starts, and averaged just under five innings per start over that span. He lost his last five starts and had a 15.63 ERA in only 19 innings over that span.

He was placed on the disabled list and ended his season on August 22 after an MRI showed inflammation in his lower back.

Contract: Santana is entering the final year of a six-year, $137.5 million contract he signed with the Mets before the 2008 season. Santana will earn $25.5 million in 2013 and the team holds a $25 million option on Santana for 2014 – they can opt to buy the option out for $5.5 million and make Santana a free agent after next season.




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