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Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in Mets history Friday, June 1, 2012. (AP)
Johan Santana pitched the first no-hitter in Mets history Friday, June 1, 2012. (AP)

Four years ago today, Johan Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history. It took 134 pitches to do it, but on June 1st 2012, the then 33 year-old coming off a shoulder surgery managed to mow down all 27 St. Louis Cardinals batters en route to an 8-0 victory. Until winning the NL Pennant during last year's playoff run, the no-hitter was the high-water mark for Mets fans in the past five years.

Four years later, the unforgettable outing has a retroactive bittersweetness to it. There is absolutely no denying that Johan Santana was never the same player again after the herculean work load he took on that day. Johan threw 10 more starts that season after the no-hitter, where he threw a combined 48.3 innings for 45 earned runs. He'd sit out the entire 2013 season before the Mets would buy out his 2014 option, making him a free agent.

Since then, Santana has signed two major league contracts with the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, but hasn't made a major league start amongst a myriad on injuries. It's reported he plans on making a career comeback in some fashion later this season, but the history of 37 year-old hurlers with multiple medical issues whose velocity has dropped double-digit MPHs is…not fantastic.

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Being one year older than the Mets and having grown up in Flushing, I find myself still stunned by the Mets' first no-hitter in their fifty-one year existence. Don't know why, but I never thought I'd see this happen. Buuuut....the Mets never cease to amaze, always providing their fans with something they've never seen before and this no-no could not have come at a better time in team history.

Congratulations to good guy Johan Santana and Met fans everywhere who have painfully suffered through a half-century of close calls. Our man Matt Cerrone of MetsBlog and the SNY team have great coverage of the historic event, so click on over.


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The Mets beat the Marlins, 2-0, at Shea today, keeping their postseason hopes alive. For a box score and recap, go to SNY.tv.

Johan Santana was spectacular.

Santana, throwing on short rest after a 125-pitch outing on Tuesday, started out the game by getting Marlins sparkplug Hanley Ramirez to fly out on the second pitch and proceeded from there. He held the Fish to three hits in a complete-game shutout, striking out nine and walking three.

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In a recent report for ESPNNews, Buster Olney claims that the Mets are, according to a source, "cautiously optimistic" that a deal with Johan Santana will be completed by today's 5 p.m. ET deadline. Olney reports that the deal will likely be closer to Santana's wishes than to the Mets' due to the leverage that Santana now has.

Olney did not report a length for the discussed deal, but said that the amount could be around $150 million.

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In a recent post at FoxSports.com, Ken Rosenthal cites "major league sources" and says that the Mets and Johan Santana's agents are still haggling over the structure of a proposed deal.

Rosenthal writes:

"The Mets' offer is in the range of $22 million per season. The hang-up is that the Mets want the guarantee to be for five years, with vesting options that could extend the deal, sources say."
He goes on to suggest ways the team and pitcher could compromise, including a large signing bonus or an adjustment to "the innings threshold on vesting options to make them more easily attainable for Santana."
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According to the Daily News, Hank Steinbrenner said he is ?leaning away? from trading for Johan Santana.

Multiple reports over the last few weeks have written that while Yankees GM Brian Cashman and Hal Steinbrenner have been against acquiring Santana, Hank Steinbrenner had been on the fence.

The thing is, as noted yesterday by Peter Abraham at his blog for the Journal News, Hank and Hal have equal power ? despite Hank?s overt presence in the media.

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According to Joe Christensen of the Minnesota Star Tribune, the Twins have told the Mets they can have Johan Santana if they add OF Fernando Martinez to their current offer of OF Carlos Gomez and RHPs Deolis Guerra, Kevin Mulvey and Phil Humber.

Christensen writes that while the Yankees and Red Sox both remain in the sweepstakes, ?Ultimately, the Mets might be the best fit.?

Christensen speculates that Santana is looking for a five- or six-year contract worth at least $20 million per season.

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According to the Pioneer Press, due to this year?s Cy-Young results, Johan Santana will soon have a no-trade clause for next season that allows him to only be traded to one of 12 teams.

However, Santana recently told the Star-Tribune that he will waive his no-trade clause assuming he is appropriately compensated and is traded to a team with a legitimate chance of winning a World Series.

?from what i can gather out of people who are close to santana, he has a lot of interest in playing in new york, specifically for the Mets, who play in the National League with out the designated hitter?that being said, as we learned last season with Barry Zito, as well as in so many other situations, money talks?but i sense that santana knows this is his time to shine on the big stage, and the Mets are probably his best option to hit all nails on the head?but, again, money talks?and to get him right now, pre-free agency, the Mets will have to pay with a lot of young talent in a trade?in other words, i think it?s safe to say that this will be the definitive storyline of shea?s off-season, as we chase rumors about santana all around baseball over the next few months, most likely starting at the Winter Meetings in early December?

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