February 01, 2008

Fox Sports' Rosenthal Reports Contract Info

Okay- this seems like the definitive word as to Johan's contract status, and matches what I heard earlier. From Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal:

Johan Santana reached preliminary agreement with the Mets Friday night on a record contract, according to a major-league source, all but completing the trade that will send the two-time Cy Young Award winner from Minnesota to New York in exchange for four young players.

The Mets locked up Santana for the next seven years, signing him to a six-year, $137.5 million extension on top of the final year of his current deal, which is valued at $13.25 million. The total value of the package is $150.75 million, making his new average salary more than $21.5 million — a record for a pitcher on a long-term contract.

Santana, who turns 29 on March 13, needs only to pass a physical to make the trade official. But the most difficult elements of the transaction — the trade and contract negotiations — finally are complete. Santana is scheduled to take his physical Saturday morning, Twins GM Bill Smith said, according to The Associated Press.

NOW we can wonder if we are also going to get Kyle Lohse- and, at this point, Lohse can look at it one of two ways- the Mets' spent all that money on Johan, so they won't have much to pay me and I'd better take what they give me, OR, the Mets' spent all that money on Johan, so they BETTER pay ME a decent amount, too...interesting to see how this one goes, too...

I'll be in Florida for opening day- any Shea Nation fans who attend, the first round will be on me!!! (Within reason, because of 50 join me, I'll have to sell a kidney first!)


Shea It Ain't So said...

I might hold you to that!

David Rubin & Jonathan Elfenbein said...

Not a problem- the offer is out there!!!! Look forward to seeing you there- we'll post something in a few weeks when we finalize plans for John, Jonathan and I to be there!

Let's Go Mets!!!