Originally written on hardballchat.com  |  Last updated 10/20/14
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The New York Mets will listen to any offers from teams who are interesting in acquiring Johan Santana over the next week and a half, as well as during the upcoming offseason. Santana, who earlier this season became the first Mets pitcher in franchise history to throw a no-hitter for the team, is signed through next season. And while the Mets could easily be talked into trading Santana, they will not do so if they have to cover the majority of his salary. Simply stated, don’t come calling if you plan on the Mets paying as much of Santana’s contract as say, the New York Yankees were willing to pay to unload A.J. Burnett to the Pittsburgh Pirates this past offseason. If you want Santana, you don’t have to offer much in terms of prospects, but you will still have to pay. And unfortunately, Santana will not come cheaply. Santana did toss a no-no earlier this year, but it has been all downhill ever since. It took him 134 pitches to complete the first no-hit game in Mets history, but Santana has struggled in almost every outing since. And considering the fact that he is still owed just over $25 million next year in the final season of his albatross of a deal (6 years worth $137.5 million), trading Santana was not going to be an easy task in the first place. And if you throw in the fact that the Mets would rather pay Santana to pitch for them next season, as opposed to still paying most of his salary to pitch for another team, and it remains highly unlikely that the team will move him this season or beyond. But if they do change their mind, the Los Angeles Dodgers may be interested in dealing for Santana. The Dodgers have shown their willingness to absorb some big contracts ever since Magic Johnson and his ownership took over control of the team, including the one of Hanley Ramirez from the Miami Marlins. If they feel that Santana could benefit from a change of scenery, then taking on much of what is owed to him may be an option. The problem is, Santana continues to struggle on the mound. The Mets figure they would rather have him struggle for them and at least eat up some innings next year as opposed to paying him almost the same to do so in another uniform. It appears as if we are at an impasse here, so the Mets are quite inclined on holding onto Santana until his awful contract expire at the end of next season.  
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