Carlos Gomez, Deolis Guerra, Philip Humber, and Kevin Mulvey for Johan Santana
|Date: February 2, 2008|
|Team: Minnesota Twins|
|Sent: Carlos Gomez, Philip Humber, Deolis Guerra, Kevin Mulvey|
|Received: Johan Santana|
Following their collapse in 2007, the Mets needed to enhance their pitching. The team dealt four minor league prospects to the Twins for lefthanded pitcher Johan Santana. Outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra were sent to the Twin Cities in exchange for the two-time Cy Young Award winner. During his days in Minnesota, Santana had 93 regular season wins, led the American League in earned run average twice and pitched in 11 post-season games. He was also a three-time AL All-Star.
Gomez began his career with a .232 batting average in 58 games for the Mets in 2007. Humber, a third overall draft pick in 2004, pitched a total of nine innings in five games with the Mets over the two previous seasons. Mulvey had a 3.32 ERA and 110 strikeouts at AA-Binghamton in '07. Guerra was at Single-A ball for two years.
In 2008, Santana became the ace of the Mets' pitching rotation. He started 34 games, pitched 234 and one-third innings and had a 2.53 ERA. These were all National League leading totals for the season. Johan's 206 strikeouts in '08 set a new Mets' record for a season by a lefthander. Santana led the Mets with 13 wins, 146 strikeouts and a 3.13 ERA in 2009. He also posted a 2.98 ERA in 2010.
Gomez played in 290 games in two seasons with the Twins. He batted .248 with 47 stolen bases for the Minnesota team. Carlos was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers after the 2009 season. Humber had a 6.10 ERA in 13 games over two seasons with the Twins before joining the Kansas City Royals as a free agent. Mulvey pitched in two games for the Minnesota team and was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009. Guerra reached the Triple-A level in the Twins' minor league system in 2010.