Thursday, November 30, 2017

Ten Years Ago FN Readers Got Johan Santana Deal Right

Almost ten years ago—in December of 2007—we asked FenwayNation readers whether Boston should commit to a 7-year, $140 contract extension for starter Johan Santana. On top of the money, Santana would have to be acquired by Boston in a trade—with prospects likely going back to Minnesota. For the record, some of Boston's top prospects that year were: Clay Buchholz, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie, Will Middlebrooks and Josh Reddick. Almost six in ten readers (58%) said: "No!" to the transactions. After being traded to the Metropolitans for four prospects (Carlos Gomez, Deolis Guerra, Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey), New York signed Santana to a $137.5 million, six-year contract extension. Of the NYM prospects, only Gomez turned out any good. Santana delivered four (not six) pretty good seasons for the Mets (46-34, 3.18 ERA), but they ended up paying him about $132.5 million (including a buyout) for 46 wins—almost $3 million per win. Good instincts, FenwayNation readers!