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Mets, Twins agree to Santana trade (cont.)

Posted: Tuesday January 29, 2008 4:35PM; Updated: Tuesday January 29, 2008 9:30PM
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By Jon Heyman, SI.com

The Mets' proposal included their Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 7 prospects, according to Baseball America's ranking. The Twins had been pressing the Mets to include a second top outfield prospect, Fernando Martinez, but the Mets held the line. The teams also discussed possibly substituting reliever Jorge Sosa for Humber in recent days.

The Mets always had more reasons than the Yankees and Red Sox to get Santana. It was just a question of whether they had the prospects to get the deal done.

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Speaking of the ultimate agreement, one competing executive said, "That's great for the Mets. The Twins got some upside guys. It's a scout's deal. The scouts are projecting on those guys.''

Twins scout Joe McIlvaine is a former Mets executive who has closely followed his former team. While the Twins originally wanted shortstop Jose Reyes in the deal, one person familiar with Minnesota's thinking said, "McIlvaine was high on the Mets prospects.''

Gomez is viewed as a potential star who is unproven as a hitter. Guerra is another who could be a star but he projects to pitch at Double-A next year. Mulvey and Humber could reach the majors this year but are seen as middle-of-the-rotation types.

It has been believed that Santana had no objection to being traded to New York. He rejected a four-year proposal for $80 million from the Twins at the start of the offseason. The Mets have an excellent relationship with Santana's agents, Peter and Ed Greenberg.

The Twins also weighed offers from the Boston Red Sox, who had proposed two months ago a deal to send pitcher Jon Lester, outfielder Coco Crisp, pitching prospect Justin Masterson and infield prospect Jed Lowrie for Santana, and another that included outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury but not Lester. It is believed Boston never changed its offer for two months.

The Twins had stopped talking to the Yankees after they pulled top pitching prospect Phil Hughes off the table but checked back in Tuesday to see whether the Yankees intended to be players; they did not. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman did not want to surrender Hughes and also pay the dollars it would take to sign Santana.

Details of the trade were first reported by USA Today.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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