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As you might imagine, there’s more Santana coverage out there today than you can shake a stick at. So we’ll do our best here to consolidate the highlights. Let’s start with Joel Sherman and Mark Hale, who open their piece in the Post today by succinctly summing up the whirlwind of events over the last two months:

When Red Sox officials flew to Nashville in early December for the Winter Meetings, they were convinced the Yankees would land Johan Santana because of a willingness to include Phil Hughes in an offer.

When the Yankees left the Winter Meetings, having decided to keep Hughes, they were sure the packages brandished by Boston would put Santana alongside Josh Beckett in the Red Sox’s rotation.

Yet yesterday afternoon, the Yankees and Red Sox were bystanders as the Mets completed the biggest score any team made this offseason – and perhaps the biggest trade in their history – by sending four prospects to Minnesota to actually acquire Santana, a two-time Cy Young winner whose presence catapults the Mets not only to NL East favorites, but perhaps to the team to beat in the entire league.

According to Tyler Kepner and Alan Schwarz of the New York Times, it was the inclusion of 18-year-old Deolis Guerra that “clinched the deal.” Via the Times:

“There’s no can’t-miss guy here,” said Jim Callis, the executive editor of Baseball America. “If Guerra became everything he could be, and Gómez became everything he could be, then it could be a pretty good deal.”

Meanwhile, a popular theme this morning seems to be that Omar Minaya and the Mets are indebted to Brian Cashman for sticking to his guns and convincing the Yanks to pull out of talks with Minnesota altogether, despite, according to the Bergen Record’s Bob Klapisch, Twins GM Bill Smith‘s last minute plea to consider a new package, sans Phil Hughes, that would have sent Ian Kennedy, Melky Cabrera, and an unnamed top prospect to Minnesota in exchange for the ace. More from the Klap:

That left the Mets, who after hearing from Smith didn’t allow themselves to be bluffed. GM Omar Minaya held firm, insisting the Twins would have to live without Fernando Martinez. As a result — and thanks to the Twins’ grim realization that they were without options — the Mets made off with a heist of mammoth proportions.

It truly has been amazing to watch this all unfold…

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