At the beginning, the race for Santana was between three teams, as the Mets, Yankees, and Red Sox were all vying for his services. The Yankees last reported bid included Melky Cabrera, Phil Hughes, Jeff Marquez, and a fourth prospect, but that offer wasn't even still on the table on Tuesday night. The Red Sox deal was looking like Jon Lester, Coco Crisp, Justin Masterson, and Jed Lowrie, though they had begun pulling players out as of late as well.
All three deals would have given the Twins two key components for the 2008 season: a starting centerfielder, and a starting pitcher. Though the Mets deal does not have the big name players as the other two, this deal may wind up being the better of the three. Humber and Gomez are both Major League ready, and of the two other prospects, one is the Mets top pitching prospect and the other could be ready for the Major Leagues sometime in 2008.
Here is a look at the four newest members of the Minnesota Twins organization:
Gomez is a 22-year old outfielder who has long been considered an untouchable prospect in the Mets organization. A rare blend of speed and power, Gomez should be the Twins starting centerfielder on Opening Day 2008. Aside from his prowess at the plate, Gomez has a rocket for a right arm, and is a very good baserunner. He could be at the top of the Twins lineup. Last season, Gomez hit .232 for the Mets in 125 at-bats, with one home runs and 12 runs batted in.
Humber underwent Tommy John Surgery in 2005, but has since fought his way back to be considered someone who could be a very good Major League starting pitcher. Though he has yet to have that breakthrough season, Humber did win 11 games at the Triple-A level in 2007. However, he looked awful in three September starts for the Mets. His arsenal consists of a power curveball and splitter, as well as a very good changeup.
Guerra is a 6-foot-5 Venezuelan who is considered the top pitching prospect in the Mets organization. Probably a year or two away from the Majors, Guerra consistently reaches the low-90s with his fastball, and is still only 18-years old. He also has a very good curveball and changeup, which has been developing at a rapid pace.
Mulvey was a second round selection of the Mets in the 2005 draft, and he throws four pitches with great control. He has been successful at every level of the Mets farm system, and could soon be battling for a spot in the Twins starting rotation. Jon Star, the publisher of InsidePitchMagazine.com said that Mulvey reminds him of John Maine, which is some very good company to be compared to.