Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Where could Johan land?
By Doug Mittler
Johan Santana is spending the final season of a six-year, $137.5 million contract with the New York Mets on the disabled list. The lefthander is rehabbing from his second shoulder capsule surgery, and his tenure in Queens will be remembered for the first no-hitter in Mets’ history but zero playoff appearances.
Santana is just 34 and remains intent on pitching somewhere, although it is very unlikely he will be re-signed by the Mets, reports Andy Martino of the New York Daily News. “I don’t think any of us at this point has any thoughts beyond, let’s get him healthy. Let’s take the next step from there,” Santana’s agent, Chris Leible, tells Martino. “The goal is to get him ready for spring training."
While Leible won’t speculate on where Santana might land, that’s what we do at Rumor Central.
Santana may have two Cy Young Awards, but his injury history might force him to accept a shorter-term deal laden with incentives. If healthy, Santana would be a nice middle to back-end-of-the-rotation starter for a contender.
We’re just speculating here, but what about Santana heading to the Bronx, where the Yankees could be looking to replace Andy Pettitte? The Washington Nationals gave Dan Haren a short-term deal this past winter, and they could try to do the same with Santana.
The Rangers, Orioles and Angels are among the teams that could be shopping for pitching help, and Santana is a potential fall-back option if a deal for someone like Matt Garza fails to materialize.