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2.01.2008

The Blockbuster is Official

Man, Mets fans are pumped.

After being given two extra hours to work out the kinks, Johan Santana officially agreed to a record $137.5 million, six-year deal with the New York Mets Friday. This becomes the biggest contract ever given to a pitcher, topping Barry Zito's $126 million, seven-year contract he received from the San Francisco Giants last offseason.

With the club option for 2014 and $5.5 million buyout, he's looking at making roughly $150 million over seven seasons with his new team. Holy crap.

Mets general manager Omar Minaya is excited, as well.

"It was unbelievable the work that went into this," he said. "It's a historic day."
Santana is a career 93-44 with a 3.22 ERA over eight big league seasons, brandishing two AL Cy Young Awards with the Minnesota Twins. Last year, he finished with a 15-13 record and 3.33 ERA, slumping a bit in the last half of the season against ALC foes, including an 0-5 mark against Cleveland Indians and 1-3 vs. the Detroit Tigers.

Read about the four new Twins prospects acquired in the trade here.

[Associated Press] | [] | [Mets Blog] | [MLB Trade Rumors]


7 Comments:

Andrew V. said...

CELEBRATE!!

Now the Giants just have to win the Super Bowl...and I'll be a happy man.