Let's assume (anything is possible), that we're 6 games up at the AS break. Johan is having an amazing first half, and the Mets have the league buzzing.
Do you still trade him for prospects?Or do you go for it?
Who the helll is giving the Mets prospects for Johan, with his contract?
>>>"6 games up on what? The division? WC #1, WC#2 ? How many teams in the race? What are the Mets chances of holding said lead with or w/o Santana? Who else is pitching well? Who are they trading him to, and what is the return? This is not a yes or no question. All in all, if come the trade deadline, and Santana has any trade value, he should be dealt. Should it come to pass that the Mets are a true WS contender, and Santana is the ring leader, you dont trade him, because you don't know when they will be back. Somehow, I doubt we will see this conundrum."<<<
I think you worded it pretty well Dan. It's not a easy yes/no thing. There could be a number of variables - most of them you've already listed. But for the purposes of giving the OP a special answer, I'd say YES. I'd still deal Johan - especially if we are being offer another Wheeler or TDA. To me this year is about beyond this year.
ummm you do realize that johan's contract is basically over, right?
and if they are going to trade him, they will likely eat a lot of the contract to get back prospects
so yes, if johan ACTUALLY pitches well and is not showing signs of injury at the asb, teams absolutely will give up prospects for him
this whole argument sounds very similar to the "no one would ever part w/ a prospect for beltran....his career is over, he's making a ton of money this season, and they can't even offer him arbitration!?!"
Depends on how much money the Mets are picking up. Lets not forget that the receiving team would have a option year as well so if Santana pitches like an ace, they have another year.