On February 2, 2008, Johan Santana was traded from the Twins to the New York Mets for Carlos Gómez, Philip Humber, Deolis Guerra, and Kevin Mulvey. The Mets and Santana agreed to a six-year, $137.5 million contract extension making him the richest pitcher in MLB history at that time.
Johan Santana will always be remembered for June 1st 2012, when he pitched the first no-hitter in franchise history for the Mets. Some fans forgot how good he was in 2008, leading us down the stretch in a pivotal playoff race. He pitched on short rest in the second to last game of the season against the Florida Marlins. He pitched a complete game shut out while only surrendering 3 hits. He was the last Mets pitcher to get a win at Shea Stadium.
In his first year with the Mets (2008), Santana posted a record of 16-7 with an ERA of 2.53. He struck out 206 batters. The following year, he went 13-9 with an ERA of 3.13. The following years injuries took a toll on Santana but in 2012 he fought through them and on a warm and calm summer night he made history.
Santana’s Mets legacy should not be tainted due to his injuries. Instead he should be remembered for his toughness in 2008 and perseverance in 2012. Happy Birthday el gotcho!