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Sports Talk Jpm1000000pmWed, 30 Jan 2008 13:12:40 +060008 30, 2008

Posted by nobikadobi77 in Sports.

lzz7tptv.jpgWell The Minnesota Twins traded Johan Santana today to the New York Mets. The Twins did get some prospects in a deal that could benefit them for the future. The Twins needed to trade Santana as after this season he becomes a free agent and the Twins wouldn’t have enough money to sign him. The Mets have till Friday to sign Santana and the price will be around the twenty two to twenty five million dollars a year range. The deal should be able to get done.

The Twins’ package includes two raw prospects with high ceilings and two near-in, low-upside arms. Carlos Gomez is a plus-plus runner, has a quick bat and makes a lot of contact with a wrist-heavy swing, but doesn’t project to hit for power now because he doesn’t use his lower half to get more power into his swing. He’s an excellent defender in center with a plus arm — imagine a Coco Crisp who could throw the ball to the catcher without 15 hops — which may encourage the Twins to use him in the majors right now, even though his bat’s not ready.

Deolis Guerra is almost all youth and projection at this point, with his one major current skill an above-average changeup. His velocity is fringe-average and wildly inconsistent within outings, so the optimistic projection is that he’ll eventually sit 92+, but there’s also a good chance that he settles in where he is now. His curve has some depth, but like his velocity is inconsistent, and his feel for the pitch is particularly poor. He has a great pitcher’s frame, 6-foot-5 with very broad shoulders and lots of room to fill out, and the fact that he has an advanced secondary pitch bodes well for him improving his command and feel with experience. But the bottom line is that he’s 18 years old, so in the best-case scenario, he’ll be contributing in the majors in three or four years, and that’s if he doesn’t get hurt or hit a snag in his development.

The other two arms are major-league ready or close to it, but have limited upside. Philip Humber‘s curveball was once a big-league out pitch, but since Tommy John surgery, it hasn’t been as tight and he hasn’t commanded it as well, leaving him more reliant on his average fastball to get hitters out.



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