Apparently I’m not the only one wondering if Joe Nathan’s new contract from the Twins says anything about their dealings with Johan Santana. This, from Buster Olney:
If the Twins weren’t contending in July, the thinking of rival executives goes, they could have placed Nathan on the trade market, set off a major bidding war and gotten a package at least as good as what they got from the Mets for Santana. Then the Twins could have installed Pat Neshek or some other reliever as closer. “It just goes back to the fact that it’s easier to find serviceable closers than it is to get a starter like Santana,” said an AL official. “On the face of it, it doesn’t make a lot of sense. Maybe the Twins know more than they’ll say out loud.”
Translated: Maybe the Twins had concerns about Santana’s ability to hold up.
It should be pointed out, as well, that the Twins have been arguably the best-run organization over the last decade.
If I’m a Mets fan, I don’t like reading things like this.