Originally posted on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog  |  Last updated 11/8/11
Nearly four years ago, the Mets acquired Johan Santana in exchange for Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber, and a couple of minor leaguers and signed Santana to a six year, $137.5 million contract which expires after next season (the team holds a $25 million option on him for 2014). It’s not to say I didn’t applaud the acquisition, or the signing of Santana nearly four years ago; I did and was as excited as I had ever been for the hopes of this team. I was concerned about the back-end of the deal, but at the time, he fit in as their true ace and helped to re-vitalize people who had soured on the Mets after they failed to make the playoffs in 2007. However, the Mets have yet to make the playoffs since they acquired Santana, and the Mets have paid him approximately $27.5 million to not pitch since September, 2010. The obvious lesson is to not invest long term in an external starting pitcher, although I don’t necessarily believe that is the solution in all scenarios, and I think the lesson goe...
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