Humber and Mulvey are back end rotation guys at best, Gomez lacks plate discipline and Guerra projects as a number 3 guy, maybe a number 2 if everything goes right for him. Hughes alone (if thats really what the Yanks were offering) almost beats that package.
You really don't think Santana is the best pitcher in baseball? In his 4 full seasons as a starter, he has got 2 Cy Youngs (should be 3). Even his worst year, which was last year is better than any year Verlander has had.
Keep in mind you're talking about young players. Humber went 3rd (or 4th, can't remember off hand) overall three years ago no? Admittedly, Hughes has passed him in terms of development, but I don't really think the Mets or Twins should write him off just yet. Gomez strikes out a lot, sure, but he's also only 22 years old. I was under the impression that the deal got held up because the Yankees refused to part with Hughes, but I might be wrong about that.
I said I'd probably take Verlander right now because he's younger and cheaper, and Hamels because of his huge potential and youth. I guess I just see both of those guys as being on the upswing with the potential to pass Santana, but I suppose neither has done it yet. I'd also handicap Santana a little bit because he's been less good in the playoffs, which is why I'd give a bit of an edge to Josh Beckett (who really could have won the Cy Young and World Series MVPs last year, though Sabathia and Lowell weren't undeserving). I concede that Santana probably could've gotten it over Colon in 2005.
I believe that Jake Peavy is the best pitcher in baseball, at judging from last year. He was pretty much the best in every category (except I think Bedard actually had the best SO/IP ratio), and he was far less susceptible to the long ball. Only two guys in the entire league gave up more jacks than Santana. I know that isn't a sabermetric stat, but it still holds some weight for me.
I suppose if money, age, attitude, playoff history, potential, etc were no object, my list (and I've thought about this more this time than the previous post) would be:
Couldn't pick between those guys for number 5. You know who isn't on my list though? Carlos Zambrano. Not meant as an insult to the Cubs, I just think that guy, like Santana, has a bit of an inflated impression of his own value, and the attitude hurts both in my eyes.