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02/02/2008 4:30 PM ET
Mets acquire two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana
Guaranteed contract through 2013 with a 2014 option is largest for pitcher in MLB history
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FLUSHING, N.Y. -- The New York Mets today signed left-handed pitcher Johan Santana, the two-time Cy Young Award winner, to the largest contract for a pitcher in the history of Major League Baseball. The contract will put Santana, whom the Mets acquired Tuesday in a trade with the Minnesota Twins, in a Mets uniform through 2013 with a vesting player option or club option for 2014. Santana will appear at a major press conference at Shea Stadium next week before joining the Mets at Spring Training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. the following week.

"We are very happy to bring Johan Santana, one of baseball's elite pitchers, to the Mets," said Omar Minaya, General Manger, New York Mets. "This deal is a statement to our fans from Ownership and the front office on our commitment to putting a talented team on the field to win a championship. This truly was a team effort and would not have happened without Jeff Wilpon's involvement in the negotiations. His creativity and business expertise helped us address and resolve many of the key issues in the negotiation. Jeff and I thank Tony Bernazard, John Ricco, the entire baseball department, and legal counsel David Cohen for their work to get this historic deal done with Peter Greenberg, Johan's agent, and his staff."

"I'm very excited for the opportunity to come and play for the New York Mets," said Santana. "New York has always been one of my favorite cities. I'm looking forward to helping the Mets bring a World Series trophy back to Queens. I want to thank the Mets owners - Fred Wipon, Saul Katz, Jeff Wilpon - Omar Minaya and my agents - Peter Greenberg, Ed Greenberg, Chris Leible - for their hard work in making this all happen."

"Securing one of the best pitchers in the game -- in his prime -- ranks among the most important acquisitions in Mets history," said Jeff Wilpon, Chief Operating Officer, New York Mets. "This agreement demonstrates our continued commitment toward fielding a championship caliber team and reflects what we believe Johan brings to our franchise and our fans. Today's announcement is the result of the smarts, hard work, flexibility, and tenacity of Omar, our baseball operations staff, Johan, and his agents."

Santana, who will turn 29 on March 13, has been an All-Star for the past three seasons dating back to 2005. A two-time Cy Young Award winner (2004, 2006), he is one of just 14 pitchers in Major League history to earn multiple Cy Young Awards. He also garnered his first Rawlings Gold Glove Award last season.

Santana is 93-44 with a 3.22 ERA in 251 career games and started 175 games with the Twins. In 1,308.2 innings, he's allowed 1,068 hits, 500 runs, 468 earned, with 364 walks and 1,381 strikeouts. He has held opposing batters to a .221 career batting average against him.

He led the American League in strikeouts for the 2004, 2005, and 2006 seasons before he finished second last year with 235. Santana won 15 games and had a 3.33 ERA in 33 starts in 2007. The opposition swung and missed at 27.6 percent of his pitches in 2007, the highest percentage in the AL. He was also third in strikeouts per nine innings (9.66) and fifth with a 2.95 road ERA last season.

In 2006, he won the pitching Triple Crown, leading the American League in wins (19), strikeouts (245) and ERA (2.77). In addition, Johan led the AL in innings pitched (233.2), starts (34), and opponents' batting average (.216) that season.

Johan is 16-4 with 2.27 ERA in 35 games against National League clubs. He has held NL opponents to a .187 batting average. In 182.2 innings, he's yielded 121 hits, 49 runs, 46 runs, 46 walks and 191 strikeouts. At Shea Stadium, he has allowed one earned run in 15.0 career innings (0.60 ERA) and with a 2-0 record.

Santana posted a 16-7 mark with a 2.87 ERA with 238 strikeouts in 231.2 innings in 2005 and was 20-6 with an American League leading 2.61 ERA with 265 strikeouts in 228.0 innings in 2004.

Santana has hurled 219 or more innings four straight years and has fanned 235 or more batters in each of those seasons. Johan has compiled 39 career games with 10 or more strikeouts. His career high came last year when he fanned 17 batters on August 19 vs. Texas.

MULTIPLE UNANIMOUS CY YOUNG AWARDS
Sandy Koufax     3
JOHAN SANTANA     2
PEDRO MARTINEZ     2
Greg Maddux     2
Roger Clemens     2

MOST WINS (2004-2007)
JOHAN SANTANA     70
Roy Oswalt     69
Carlos Zambrano     64
Josh Beckett     60
John Lackey     60

MOST STRIKEOUTS (2004-2007)
JOHAN SANTANA     983
Jake Peavy     844
Carlos Zambrano     777
Randy Johnson     745
Javier Vazquez     739

ERA (2004-2007) Minimum 650 IP
JOHAN SANTANA     2.89
Jake Peavy     2.97
Chris Carpenter     3.14
Roy Oswalt     3.15
John Smoltz     3.17

HIGHEST WINNING PERCENTAGE (2003-2007)
Minimum: 75 decisions
Roy Halladay     .705 (74-31)
JOHAN SANTANA     .701 (82-35)
PEDRO MARTINEZ     .655 (57-30)
Roy Oswalt     .653 (79-42)

HIGHEST STRIKEOUT RATE PER NINE INNINGS
Active Pitchers - Minimum 1,000 innings
Randy Johnson     10.78
Kerry Wood     10.33
PEDRO MARTINEZ     10.20
JOHAN SANTANA     9.50

OPPONENTS BATTING AVERAGE AGAINST (2004-2007)
Minimum 650 IP
JOHAN SANTANA     .211
Carlos Zambrano     .220
Jake Peavy     .225
Randy Johnson     .230
Chris Carpenter     .237

INNINGS PITCHED (2004-2007)
Livan Hernandez     921.2
JOHAN SANTANA     912.1
Roy Oswalt     911.1
Brandon Webb     908.1
Mark Buehrle     887.0

PITCHERS WHO LED THEIR LEAGUE IN WINS, STRIKEOUTS AND ERA IN THE SAME SEASON
Expansion Era (since 1961)
2007     Jake Peavy     NL
2006     JOHAN SANTANA     AL
2002     Randy Johnson     NL
1999     PEDRO MARTINEZ     AL
1998     Roger Clemens     AL
1997     Roger Clemens     AL
1985     DWIGHT GOODEN     NL
1972     Steve Carlton     NL
1966     Sandy Koufax     NL
1965     Sandy Koufax     NL
1963     Sandy Koufax     NL

2007 BASERUNNERS PER NINE INNINGS
Jake Peavy     9.79
JOHAN SANTANA     9.82
Erik Bedard     10.04
Chris Young     10.24
Cole Hamels     10.26

2007 STRIKEOUT/WALK RATIO
C.C. Sabathia     5.65
James Shields     5.11
Josh Beckett     4.85
JOHAN SANTANA     4.52
Javier Vazquez     4.26

The Mets acquired Santana in Tuesday's trade with the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Carlos Gomez, righthanded pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra.

Humber, 25, was 0-0 with a 7.71 ERA in three games with New York in 2007. In 7.0 innings, he allowed nine hits, six runs, earned, with two walks and two strikeouts. In addition, the 6-4, 224-pounder went 11-9 with a 4.27 ERA in 25 games for New Orleans (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League. In 139.0 innings, the Mets' 2004 first round selection, permitted 129 hits, 70 runs, 66 earned, with 44 walks and 120 strikeouts.

Gomez, 22, batted .232 (29-125) with 14 runs scored, three doubles, two home runs, 12 RBI with 12 stolen bases in 58 contests with the Mets last season. The 6-4, 195-pounder hit .286 (40-140) with 24 runs scored, eight doubles, two triples, two home runs, 13 RBI and 17 stolen bases with New Orleans last year. In addition, Carlos appeared in five contests with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League batting .154 (2-13).

Mulvey, 22, was 11-10 with a 3.32 ERA in 26 starts for Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League in 2007. In 151.2 innings, he surrendered 145 hits, 74 runs, 56 earned, with 43 walks and 110 strikeouts. The 6-2, 200-pounder went 1-0 with 6.0 shutout innings in one regular season start for New Orleans.

Guerra, 18, posted a 2-6 mark with a 4.01 ERA in 21 games, 20 starts for St. Lucie in 2007. The 6-5, 200-pounder worked 89.1 innings, allowed 80 hits, 44 runs, 40 earned, with 25 walks and 60 strikeouts.

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