Thanks I added the last line.
I had not heard of this player vesting option discussed. It has always been assumed that his $ was coming off the books in 2013.
This will probably hurt his trade value also.
It is 215 innings and be on the roster in the final 30 days of 2013 season.
Doesn't Santana have to consent to a trade as he is 10 & 5?
I highly doubt he reaches 215, but it does hamper his trade value if he's healthy. He's never pitched less than that in a full season so any contender would be risking an additional $25 million or have to limit his innings. That defeats the purpose of trading for him and I'm sure the MLBPA would have a lot to say about artificially limiting his innings.
But there's always the Dodgers.
"He has a full no trade clause but don't you think he would waive that if he was going to a contender and the Mets were not in the hunt? "
If he is having a good year the Mets can offer him a qualifying contract and any team that sings him would lose a draft pick.
If he is traded however he wouldn't cost a draft pick, so he will get a better contract in teh off season if he was traded.
"I highly doubt he reaches 215, but it does hamper his trade value if he's healthy. "
215 is very difficult to reach and I am sure the Mets are going to be careful with him early on and not let him go too deep into games.
Johan hasn't thrown 215 innings since 2008.
It is unlikely in the extreme that he will do it this year.
Even if he does, it won't be in a Mets uniform. He might throw that many if the team he's traded to makes the post season.
Barring a miracle like the Mets being 15 games in 1st place in July, or a giant comet not missing the earth next time, Johan is gone before August.