The New York Mets have reached agreement on a 150.75-million-dollar, seven-year contract extension with Johan Santana completing the trade for the pitcher with the Minnesota Twins from earlier in the week. The deal is a record for a major league pitcher.
Santana's contract topped the previous mark for pitchers, set when Barry Zito received a 126-million, seven-year deal from the San Francisco Giants last offseason. Santana was due 13.25 million in the final year of his contract with the Twins.
The only players with larger packages are New York Yankees third
baseman Alex Rodriguez at 275 million, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at 189 million and Boston outfielder Manny Ramirez with a 160-million-dollar deal.
Twins GM Bill Smith says Santana is due to take a physical on Saturday.
The Twins agreed Tuesday to swap Santana for four prospects: outfielder Carlos Gomez and right-handers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra.