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Santana to the Mets -- wait, really?

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So here's the latest rumor from our neighbors in the land o' lakes: Johan Santana's destination may the NL East instead of the AL East. The Mets have offered outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitching prospects Deolis Guerra, Kevin Mulvey and Phil Humber. The Twins also want Fernando Martinez; apparently if he were included it would be a "done deal." Now, these guys aren't bad prospects, but they're not Jacoby Ellsbury or Phil Hughes. This strikes me as a real reach, and my gut tells me this ain't happening. But this is Johan Santana, and the thought of having him in the division isn't a pleasant one. He would, to paraphrase Billy Bob Thornton in The Alamo, lick us "like fine salt." Still, the rest of the team isn't that frightening. John Maine is bound to regress, as is Brian Bannister, and the aging Carlos Delgado, Moises Alou, Shawn Green, Luis Castillo, and Brian Schneider, coupled with their lack of depth in position prospects on the farm, don't make for an extremely frightening offense. On the other hand, Deolis Guerra? Carlos Gomez? Phil Humber? I mean, if that's what it takes -- well, that and a multiyear $20 mill contract, which we were all saying we'd give to Teixeira anyway -- couldn't we match that?

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