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Santana is Flushing away his talent

He won't admit it, but you know he's thinking: How did I entrust my career to the Mets?

Updated: April 12, 2010, 1:41 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Johan Santana would give back the $2.5 million, every last cent. If he knew he was cutting a Faustian deal with the Mets, he would have walked out of that negotiating room rather than nickel-and-dime a franchise that would make him live to regret it.

In the winter of 2008, the Mets offered Santana $135 million and their blue-chip recruit insisted on $5 million more. Santana walked into the room an ace and left it a closer. He agreed to split the difference and put his golden left arm in ...

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