UPDATE, 1-26-08 at 9:46am: According to ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick on Thursday: If the Mets fail to pull off a Santana trade, indications are that Kyle Lohse — not Livan Hernandez — is their top free agent fallback.
FROM 1-25-08 at 8:27am:
Right-hander Livan Hernandez, who is a workhorse, is close to a deal with the Mets, where he will be reunited with brother Orlando Hernandez.
This would seem to have Johan Santana implications, if it is finalized. Livan and Kyle Lohse were kind of the Plan B if they couldn’t acquire an ace via trade. But, as some commenters mentioned, signing Hernandez would not preclude a Johan trade.