They were both eligble to be kept, but at the end of this year, another player of immense talent would be lost...at this point most likely Beltran or Billingsley. So by consolidating, I have room for both.
He's rubbing it in quite a bit - saying that he appreciates me dealing him the two CY Young contenders. But he isn't going overboard -- he's the defending champ, but I'm in 1st place over him in 2nd place in our H2H league by 10.5 games. So he is careful what he says because he knows I very well could steal his title this year.
Still a rough thing to take seeing as how I was drinking the Kool-Aid from the very beginning. Unfortunately, my immense Mets homerism made me do this deal against my better judgement. Ironically, I had Santana on my team in 2007 while he was still a Twin, but traded him for David Wright!!
Looking back, it is conceivable that I could have had Santana, Peavy, Sabathia, Webb, and Lincecum as my top 5 starters this year....