Johan Santana is a contract extension and physical from going to the Mets.
After months of deliberation, the Twins reached a tentative agreement Tuesday to part with the two-time Cy Young Award winner for outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey, several media outlets reported.
"If it's true, obviously, you're getting arguably the best pitcher in the game," Mets third baseman David Wright said.
The next step is for the Mets to negotiate an extension with Santana, who is eligible for free agency after this season. The three-time All-Star is owed $13.25-million this year and likely will seek an extension of five to seven years worth at least $20-million annually.
New York and Santana have until 5 p.m. Friday to reach an agreement, the Associated Press reported. If the Mets and Santana strike a deal, the players would have to pass physicals and the pitcher would have to formally waive his no-trade clause.
The Mets emerged as the top candidate for a trade after the winter meetings, when the Yankees withdrew their offer, which included pitchers Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy, and the Red Sox refused to improve theirs, which would have sent pitcher Jon Lester or outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury to the Twins with prospects.
Minnesota general manager Bill Smith called teams last weekend and asked them to make their best offers. Smith informed the Mets on Tuesday that he was accepting their proposal, which included their Nos.2, 3, 4 and 7 prospects, according to Baseball America's ranking. New York did not include its top farmhand, outfielder Fernando Martinez.
A left-hander who turns 29 in March, Santana replaces Tom Glavine, who left New York to return to the Braves. New York, trying to bounce back from a record September collapse last season, has a projected rotation that also includes Pedro Martinez, John Maine, Orlando Hernandez and Oliver Perez.
Santana is 93-44 with a 3.22 ERA in eight seasons, winning the AL Cy Young Award in 2004 and 2006. He has led the league in ERA twice and strikeouts three times.
HALL GAME TO END: Nearly 70 years after the tradition began, the Baseball Hall of Fame Game will end after this year's game between the Cubs and Padres on June 16. Officials at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said Major League Baseball decided keeping the game was too difficult because of the complexities of the major-league schedule.
STEROIDS HEARING: Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte's meeting with a congressional committee investigating drug use in baseball was postponed until Monday. He was slated to appear for a deposition or transcribed interview today. The date was changed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to give everyone "more time to prepare," said Keith Ausbrook, Republican general counsel for the committee.
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NATIONALS: Free-agent catcher Johnny Estrada agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.25-million contract pending a physical.
PIRATES: Left-hander Damaso Marte was involved in a car accident in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, but did not suffer serious injuries, according to the Licey Tigers, his winter league team.
Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.
Johan Santana career highlights
Record: 93-44 (.679)
Cy Young: 2004, 2006
Notable: Picked by the Marlins in the Rule 5 draft from the Astros in 1999, then traded to the Twins with cash for Jared Camp. ... Shuttled between bullpen and rotation before becoming a full-time starter in 2004, when he went 20-6 with a league-best 2.61 ERA and a league-leading 265 strikeouts and won the Cy Young Award unanimously. ... Was nearly as good in 2005, going 16-7 with a 2.87 ERA and 238 strikeouts, but finished a controversial second to Bartolo Colon in Cy Young voting. ... Earned the pitcher's triple crown - league lead in wins (19), ERA (2.77) and strikeouts (245) - in 2006 en route to second unanimous Cy Young. ... Fell off slightly to 15-13, 3.33 last season, but still finished fifth in Cy Young voting.