Johan: The New King of Queens

by Tim Piotrowski on January 29, 2008 @ 05:08:17 PDT


Bob Nightengale, of, reports the Minnesota Twins have agreed to trade starting pitcher Johan Santana to the New York Mets for outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Philip Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey, according to sources. The deal is pending on the Mets signing Santana to a long-term deal and Santana passing a physical. The Mets have been given a window of between 48 and 72 hours to complete a deal with Santana.

Santana had a bit of a down year last season. He had 15 wins and 13 losses with a 3.33 earned run average and 235 strikeouts. His win total was his lowest since the 2003 season and his ERA was the highest since that same season. He also gave up 33 home runs, which was the third most in the entire league. He continued to be a workhorse for the team while pitching 219.0 innings, which ranked in the top 10 in the league in 2007. A reason for his struggles may have been because fellow pitching star starting pitcher Francisco Liriano (elbow) missed the season because of Tommy John surgery.

From a fantasy perspective, Santana should continue to be one of the league's top pitchers, and this move may increase his value because of the offensive support he will be getting. He will become the Mets' No. 1 starter and will try to lead a rotation that consists of pitchers Pedro Martinez, John Maine and Oliver Perez. Santana will likely have an edge early on in the season because it will be the first time many of the hitters will see him in a game. With this move, Santana will likely see a win total in the upper teens this season.

The four prospects that the Twins received will not likely have much fantasy impact this season, but there are two players who may if they make the team. Gomez could make an impact in the Twins outfield if he has a strong performance during spring training. Humber may also have some fantasy value if he makes the team as the No. 5 starter or a long reliever.

With the departures of starters Matt Garza (trade with the Tampa Bay Rays) and Carlos Silva (signed with the Seattle Mariners), the Twins have now lost 60 percent of their 2007 starting rotation either by trade or free agency. so now they will have to rely on their young pitchers. Liriano will return after missing last year when he underwent Tommy John surgery in December 2006. Pitcher Boof Bonser will also be in the rotation after winning eight games last season. Pitchers Scott Baker, Glen Perkins and Kevin Slowey as well as several others will be fighting for the other spots in the rotation.

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