Generals94 wrote:I agree the Mets did not hurt themselves, but the Yankees would have created several major holes if they signed Santana. I was trying to break down why signning Santana would have been problematic for the Yanks. I also agree that the Mets did a great job in acquiring him by giving up players that are ???? at best. However, I am just not sure I would have guaranteed that kind of $$$$ to a pitcher for that many years with that much wear/tear. In the end, it was a no brainer for the Yankees going after A-Rod. It would have cost them more $$$ trying to fill the holes at 3B, CF & SP if they signed Santana and let A-Rod go. Plus, average fans pay/show to watch HRs being hit, not lights out pitching performances.
I don't think deciding between either guy would be required on the Yankees payroll. If Santana were a free agent this year, I find it hard to believe that the Yankees would not have either given him the same deal or more to get him plus giving ARod his contract. It'll be interesting to see how they try to entice Sabathia when he's a free agent, a lesser elite starter that has weight concerns.