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Johan Santana plans to pitch next season

Aug 20, 2013, 12:16 PM EDT

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Johan Santana‘s agent gave an update on the left-hander’s status, telling Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that the two-time Cy Young winner plans to pitch next season after missing all of this year following shoulder surgery.

Santana will be a free agent after finishing a six-year, $137.5 million contract with the Mets and apparently told his agent that he “isn’t going out like this.”

Santana is still just 34 years old, but he hasn’t pitched effectively since mid-2012 and is no sure thing to be fully recovered from surgery by spring training. Odds are he’ll have to settle for an incentive-laden deal and prove he’s healthy again.

  1. dluxxx - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Twins would love to have him back. Even if he is a shell of his former self, he’s still better than anything they’re rolling out there. Come back and see if you can rekindle the majic!!!

  2. uyf1950 - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Could be a very very interesting candidate for a Yankees reclamation project. Heck he wouldn’t even have to relocate.

  3. thebadguyswon - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I bet he’d still be a good mid-rotation guy.

    • biasedhomer - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      Problem is his health. Teams can’t view him more than a #5 pitcher, because you don’t know how many innings he’ll give you.

      • thebadguyswon - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:09 AM

        agreed

  4. rlefty14 - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Pirates could let Burnett go or he may retire, why not pick up Santana for a few years?

  5. jhb64 - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    He owes the Mets

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:34 PM

      Yeah, about 100mil, but then again the Wilpons have been ripping off the fans so call it even.

  6. yahmule - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    After seeing Francisco Liriano’s resurrection this season, I think every pitcher who was ever good, that can still lift his leg high enough to deliver a pitch, should attempt to secure a tryout.

  7. cadillacjosh - Aug 20, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    As long as that changeup still works, he’ll be able to get hitters out. He would probably never accept the role, but a bullpen move might be good for him.

  8. Black Dog - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:05 PM

    The Mets paid Johan $25.5 million in 2013 and he didn’t start a game.
    They paid him $24 million in 2012 to go 6-9.
    They paid him $22.5 million in 2011 and he didn’t start a game.
    That’s $72 million, over three seasons, for 6 wins.

    If I’m Johan, I ask the Mets for a spring training invite, and promise them that if I make the team, I’ll take the major league minimum for 2014.

    • fanofevilempire - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      that’s not going to happen, but if he did, he would be worshipped by Met fans, he has been a
      good guy, he wasn’t like Carl Pavano, who sprained his ass once.

  9. deepflakes - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Still have my Twins Santana “shirtsey” somewhere. Sign him Twins!

  10. k1211 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    Maybe he can have some honor and give the Mets a really good deal considering he basically robbed them of 40 Million dollars by not pitching 1 inning in 2011 and 2013

  11. kevinbnyc - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:35 PM

    He should’ve never thrown that no-hitter. Killed his career.

    • sahyder1 - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM

      That no-hitter was important to the fan base and rightfully so. People need to stop acting like it is something you get to do every day.

      Felt the same way about Nationsls shutting down Strasburg last year when they were World Series favorites. How funny would it be if the Nationals missed the playoffs for the next 15 years?

      You shouldn’t take great moments for granted in sports or life.

  12. chunkala - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:26 PM

    Absolutely right about the no-hitter except it was really a 1 hitter. 3B umpire either purposefully or just stupidly blew the call.

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