Well, it has finally come – the Minnesota Twins have traded Santana to the New York Mets in exchange for four high level prospects. Was this a good deal? Ask me in 3 or 4 years. (Honestly, anyone who thinks they KNOW right now is absolutely foolish...)
Were the rumored Yankees and Red Sox deals better? Maybe, but that is really just a matter of perspective. First, it is tough to know exactly what was offered for sure in those deals. However, even assuming the information available was reasonably correct, those were better short term let’s try and still win now kind of deals. So lets look at it for a second, especially the Yankees deal which by most opinions, including mine, was the better of the two the Twins didn’t take. If the Twins couldn’t win in the ever-more-competitive A.L. Central with Torrii and Johan, what makes anyone believe that they would when with Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes, and (the recently acquired) Delmon Young?
I will freely admit that I may drink too much of the Twins koolaid, but this organization has a remarkable history of scouting other teams and asking for the right players in trades. So the short of it is, I am going to give them the benefit of the doubt (and look forward to a decade of dominance beginning in 2010...)