I know Omar Minaya is trying to do the right thing by not committing to a pitcher for more than 5 years, but he cannot, I repeat, cannot screw this up over an extra two years.
If the Mets win even one World Series during that seven year span we won't care that we overpaid for the final two years.
Get the deal done.
Santana is holding all the chips. If the Mets don't give in to his demands, he goes back to Minnesota and gets traded at the trading deadline and tests the free agent market where someone will meet his demands.
The Mets would then be the laughing stock of baseball and the ire of their fans might even be greater than the debacle that was last September.
Just get the deal done.
Give him 7 years. He's the best pitcher in baseball right now. And right now is when we need him most.
Get the deal done. The clock is ticking.