On January 29, 2008, the Twins traded LHP Johan Santana to the New York Mets receiving in return CF Carlos Gomez, RHP Phillip Humber, RHP Deolis Guerra, and RHP Kevin Mulvey. I am going to try to analyze this trade without using hindsight, though it probably won’t work.
Johan Santana, was acknowledged as one of, if not the best, pitcher’s in baseball when the Twins opted to trade him, the Twins selected the Mets’ offer of top prospect Carlos Gomez, and three pitcher’s, over offers by the Red Sox, and the Yankees.
In the 2008 season Santana put up ace numbers: 16-7, 2.53 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 234 1/3 IP. He has put up similar numbers in 2009.
The prospects Minnesota acquired haven’t fared anywhere near that well. Carlos Gomez looked like baseball’s next young star at the beginning of the ’08 season, but after a torrid start, including hitting for the cycle, it all went downhill, as he finished with a .258/.296/.360 batting line.
Former first round draft choice Humber gave up 6 runs in 11 2/3 IP in 2008, and was DFA’d by the Twins in April of ’09. He was demoted to Triple-A, where he is struggling as a starter.
Deolis Guerra has bad control problems, and has failed to impress, he is in his third season in Class A Advanced.
Mulvey, currently a 24-year old pitching at Triple-A, has some minor control issues to work out, he projects as a number 4 starter.
All in all, the Mets are clear winners in this trade, not because of Santana, but because they gave up a minimal amount of talent. While Santana’s contract would have been up after the ’08 season if he hadn’t been traded, Minnesota certainly could have used him in ’08, and used the draft pick’s he would have netted. Fire Bill Smith!!!
This Day In Baseball History
1916-At Braves Field, right-hander Tom Hughes no-hits the Pirates, 2-0. ‘Salida Tom’ will finish the season with 16-3 record, the best win-loss percentage in the National League, for the third-place Boston club.
1933-The previous season’s National League batting champ, Lefty O’Doul, and pitcher Watty Clark, a 20-game winner the previous season, are traded by the Dodgers to the Giants for first baseman Sam Leslie.
1957-In a three and two-third innings relief appearance, Dixie Howell hits two home runs helping the White Sox beat the Senators, 8-6.
1964-In a 7-1 victory over the Astros, Cardinal third baseman Ken Boyer hits for the cycle. In the same game, Lou Brock, recently obtained from the Cubs for Ernie Broglio, makes his debut in a St. Louis uniform with two hits, including a triple, and the fleet outfielder also steals a base.
1969-In an effort to return major league baseball to Milwaukee, the Chicago White Sox play a home game at County Stadium where only 13,133 fans show up to see the ‘home’ team beat the Pilots, 8-3. Ironically, the visitors will leave Seattle next season to move to the ‘Cream City’ with the one-year old American League franchise becoming known as the Brewers.
1969-In the bottom of the first inning at Metropolitan Stadium, Tony Oliva and Rod Carew complete a double steal swiping second and third base repectively. On the next pitch thrown by Angels’ starter Tom Murphy , the pair repeat the feat, as Carew steals home for the sixth time this season tying the American League record.
1978-Reds’ right-hander Tom Seaver no-hits the Cardinals, 4-0. It is Tom Terrific’s first no-hitter after coming close three times his 12-year career.
1989-Reds’ right-hander Tom Seaver no-hits the Cardinals, 4-0. It is Tom Terrific’s first no-hitter after coming close three times his 12-year career.
1991-Against the Reds, Phillies’ right-hander Andy Ashby strikes out the side on only nine pitches to become the 12th pitcher in National League history to use the minimum amount of pitches needed to record three strikeouts in one inning. The Philadelphia rookie becomes first in franchise history to accomplished the feat.
1997-At Yankee Stadium, the Mets beat their cross-town rivals, 6-0, in the first-ever regular season game between the two teams. Dave Mlicki throws a complete game shut out blanking the Bronx Bombers on nine hits.
2001-John Olerud becomes the 21st player to hit for the cycle more than once his career. Among all of the players who have accomplished hitting a single, double, triple and home run in the same game, the Mariners’ first baseman has the fewest career triples with just 12 in his 13-year major league stint
2006-In the sixth inning of 9-8 to Linx in Ottawa, Brandon Watson of the Columbus Clippers breaks the 95-year old International League record by extending his hitting streak to 43 consecutive games. The Nationals farmhand, who is batting .360 during this stretch, eclipses the mark set by Jack Lelivelt of the Rochester Hustlers by set in 1912.