Jon Heyman wrote the obligatory Johan Santana rumor today.
He is claiming the same crop of teams (Red Sox, Yankees, maybe Mets) are still in contention…or not. Notable quotes about the Mets:
And the Mets offered different packages of prospects that included either outfielder Carlos Gomez or outfield prospect Fernando Martinez but not both, declining to include the one extra prospect the Twins requested to clinch the deal according to people familiar with those talks…
Some Mets people actually thought they had the best offer at the winter meetings, even though Minnesota originally didn't see a way for the Mets to contend for him. Eventually, Mets GM Omar Minaya or his bosses may conclude that the deal is worth making not only to improve their on-field product, but also to change their 2008 spring storyline from their epic collapse to the '07 season.
This is the first time I have read the Mets were one player away from clinching a deal.