Now that the Johan Santana deal is done with the Mets, for a whopping $150 million over seven outrageous years, how does this affect the Marlins?
Obviously, they could wind up seeing the best lefty in the game five or six times a year, which can't be good. It strengthens the Mets significantly in the short term as they try to end a championship drought that has stretched into its third decade.
And, of course, it's another jab in the eye for Marlins fans who remember all too well that they had Santana for about 15 minutes on Dec. 13, 1999. That's when the Fish selected an obscure Class A lefty from the Astros organization in the Rule 5 draft, then turned around and traded him to the Twins for hard-throwing young reliever Jared Camp and a five-figure sum.
Worst trade in franchise history? Absolutely.
Now, 93 wins and two Cy Youngs later, Santana is back in the National League East. This time for good.
Are we looking at a new Mets dynasty? Or will this thing blow up in their faces as they enter the last season at decrepit Shea Stadium?
Ahh the Marlins and the one that got away