why would a playoff contender want a guy who hasn't finished the regular since he's been a Met?
Even if he's doing well, I don't see any better than a little salary relief and if that's the case, he may have more value to the Mets for a little attendance booth.
If Sandy can flip Santana for a top prospect, he should win Exec of the year? Wonder if that's ever been done with a 4th place finish?
They also saw his train-wreck 2nd half and no team can be sure if it was due to ankle, back or shoulder. With his decreased velocity, Santana's margin for error is pretty slim.
Yes, some team may take him, but I can't see anyone trading a top prospect or banking their playoff hopes on a guy who hasn't proven he can pitch extended innings.
Santana is worthless unless the Mets eat almost all of his salary.
Even then he's still probably worthless.
>>>"Only problem is Santana is no longer a difference maker. He's washed up. We should just be glad that his contract is going away."<<<
I don't agree. Johan looked excellent the first half of last year. All he needs to do is have a good first half, and he'll have value at the trade deadline. The Mets will have to eat a chunk of his 2nd half money, but we'll get good talent back from a contender.
He won't with his injury history... If anything, last season hurt his value a lot.
He has serious durability issues.
After rolling his ankle, his first start after the AS break against the Braves was a good one. He started strong, had some mishaps around the 5th, then the wheels came off for the rest of the season.
I have a tough time believing a sprain of his non-push ankle, before the break, caused him to miss most of the 2nd half.
"Do you really think that his second half collapse (which I predicted, of course) was due to the ankle roll? "
Yes. Look at his game log, The 3 games he pitched prior to hurting his ankle he threw 20 innings and allowed just 2 runs for a 1.80 ERA and this all came AFTER the no hitter.
>>>"He won't with his injury history... If anything, last season hurt his value a lot. "<<<
He had an injury history before this season and was coming off a surgery, and yet he had an excellent first half. I am not saying his value is huge and can get is another TDA or Wheeler, but I think with a first half even close to what he did this year, he will have good value in July. A contender will have great interest in a proven veteran lefty bulldog like him.
>>>"He has serious durability issues."<<<
Everyone knows his injury risks. But he is also a bulldog who's pitched through some injuries. I that the league knows the risks & rewards of the situation, and he will still have good value.