Santana Almost Walked Away
SI.com's Tom Verducci has an interesting story about how Johan Santana nearly walked away from the Mets' $135MM offer, five minutes prior to the deadline. Santana was dead set on getting $140MM.
You know how the story ended - the Mets pushed for another two hours and ultimately split the difference with Santana. It's difficult to figure out who was bluffing here. Both parties had a lot at stake. It's assumed Santana had all the leverage, but $135MM now is very different than $135MM a year from now. On the other hand, it would've been ugly for the Mets if the deal fell apart over five mil.