Mets and LHP Johan Santana agree to $137.5 million, 6-year contract
The two-time Cy Young Award winner passed his physical Saturday, finalizing the blockbuster trade that sent him from Minnesota to New York for four prospects: outfielder Carlos Gomez and right-handers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra.
The Mets and Twins announced the deal one day after Santana agreed to a $137.5 million, six-year contract with New York -- record riches for a pitcher.
Terms of the agreement were disclosed by a baseball official with knowledge of the talks who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. The deal includes deferred money and a club option for 2014 with a $5.5 million buyout.
"Coming into the winter, we looked for the No. 1 starter and I think we accomplished our goal for the offseason," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said on a conference call.
"It was unbelievable the work that went into this," he added. "It's a historic day."
The Mets plan a news conference to introduce Santana at Shea Stadium next week.
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