I'm writing you on behalf of Mets fans everywhere. I am imploring you to keep Johan Santana out of the World Baseball Classic.
As it stands right now, Santana is the only pitcher I trust in the team's rotation. With Mike Pelfrey coming off a season in which he threw a ton more innings, John Maine recovering from surgery, Tim Redding not being all that great to begin with and Jon Niese being almost completely unproven, Santana is all we've got.
Not to mention that he's also coming off surgery from October.
You might hurt the mans feeling a bit, and maybe you should send a fruit basket to Hugo Chavez, but this is what's better for the team. Tell him he's just not ready to pitch. Tell him he looks like he's coming down with a cold. Tell him something, anything, to keep him from putting excess wear and tear on his arm.
Protect your $137 million investment -- JUST SAY NO.