Remote indeed. I mean, given how little they had to give up for him, and how ecstatic their fan base was to hear about the deal, if the Mets don't sign Santana during the window they may as well just close up shop. The negotiation should go like this:
Sources familiar with those discussions said Thursday that while the talks may not go right to Friday's 5 p.m. ET deadline, the two sides were still far enough apart that it was unlikely any deal could be reached before Friday morning at the earliest.The sources also left open the possibility that the talks could collapse without an agreement, though the odds of that appear remote.
Mets: What do you want?
Santana: Forty-gajillion dollars over eleventeen years.
Mets: Would you take any less?
Mets: OK, done.
Anything longer than that means the Mets have no idea what they're doing. Sure, they're going to overpay, but that's what you do in moves like this. If Santana helps bring a World Series to Flushing, he was worth whatever they paid. If he's a bust, the public will blame him, not Mets' management for it.