February 1, 2008

HAS ANY ATHLETE EVER BEEN IN A BETTER BARGAINING POSITION?:

Santana in meeting with Mets; deadline extended (Ken Rosenthal, 2/01/08, Fox Sports)

As today's 5 p.m. ET deadline to strike a deal passed, the two-time Cy Young Award winner was meeting with Mets officials, according to two sources with knowledge of the negotiations.

The deadline was extended until 7 p.m. ET after Major League Baseball granted a request by the Mets for more time, according to a third source.

The Mets have offered Santana by far the highest salary ever for a pitcher — approximately $22 million per season. However, the length of contract remains an issue.


As if he didn't already hold all the cards, the numerous stories inaccurately denigrating the package of prospects the Mets gave up makes it even harder for them to walk away from a bad contract. The Yankees could have pulled out and said, "At that price weprefer Phil Hughes," or the Sox, "We're keeping Jacoby." The Mets aren't going to buck the consensus, even if it's wrong.

He gets whatever he asks for.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 1, 2008 6:03 PM
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