Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 9/11/12
Here’s a question from Peter R. who asks, Will Johan Santana have any trade value this winter? My short answer is no. The long answer is actually just more questions than it is answers. Why would a team deal for a pitcher who is owed $30 million dollars in 2013, especially one that was shelved in mid-August for the rest of the season? What could you possibly expect back in return for such a risky proposition? Why would the Mets eat 50% or more of that contract just so they could get a marginal prospect in return? Is a marginal prospect who wont pitch this season or next worth $15 million dollars to the Mets or any other team? In my opinion, the only way any team would take on that Santana contract “as-is” would be to include Jon Niese and possibly someone like Ike Davis in the deal as well. A team would average out that $30 million dollars owed and look at it as two quality players who will be under team control for five years, plus a high risk pitcher with high upside in Santan...
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