Well Mets fan (no that was not a typo, there's only one of those in the world right?), Omar finally woke up from his slumber, remembered he was a GM, went to work for a day this winter - and, what does he have to show for it? He made the weakest offer, and pending a contract extension, landed the biggest fish in the pond - #57 (the pitcher not the blogger)
As a Yankee fan I am at ease knowing this player is not going to the sworn enemy and that we are not mortgaging the farm, giving away future superstars and a 9 figure contract to get this guy.
If I'm a Boston fan, I'm breathing a sigh of relief for the exact same reasons.
If I'm a Twins fan, I am rioting in the streets and burning the Metrodome to the ground. When faced with the potential of landing names like Lester, Elsbury, Hughes, and Cabrera - they end up getting four nameless prospects of questionable immigration statues and have lost the best pitcher on the planet the last 4 seasons. Talk about high crimes and misdemeanors.
At the end of the day though, you have to feel bad for the Mets fans. They are on an emotional high right now, and are perhaps coming around to the idea that they no longer suck. Dreams of a Wild Card or divisional crown start to creep into their minds. Then they wake up. Then, they realize: they just got rid of their top two prospects with whom they had under contract for about $9/hr. They acquired a pitcher in his late 20s with an arm that is heading into its early 40s and the price of admission will be a daunting, guaranteed contract of 7 years and $150 million plus incentives. That kind of jack can, and will likely be tough to get over when Santana starts to pull a Donovan McNabb every season going forward and not play in the final month due to injuries. Mark my words: The contract the Mets will be offering to Santana, will make Mike Hampton's contract look like a bargain and will be the source of such pressure that it will cause a downward spiral that could last for years, if not decades, and will have the team thinking about relocation. Mets games in the Dominican anyone?
Is that kind of risk worth the reward?