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Johan Santana has begun throwing

Oct 5, 2013, 10:27 AM EDT

After undergoing surgery in April to repair a re-tear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder, two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has begun a throwing program. The rehabbing southpaw provided the update via his Twitter account yesterday.

Santana is poised to become a free agent this winter, as it’s considered a formality for the Mets to pay a $5.5 million buyout rather than a $25.5 million option for 2014. The 34-year-old will almost certainly have to settle for an incentive-laden one-year deal after his second surgery, but there should be plenty of interest if his rehab process goes smoothly. Mets general manager Sandy Alderson recently said that he would consider bringing Santana back at a lower rate.

  1. chc4 - Oct 5, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Santana has obviously broken down. Therefore we can expect the Mets to sign him to a long term big $ deal.

  2. blynch67 - Oct 5, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    Bring back the 3 year contract, especially for pitchers.

    The 7 – 10 year deals with guaranteed money almost never work out for the team or the fans.

    Contracts are not guaranteed in the NFL and I think that should be the case with baseball.

  3. jimeejohnson - Oct 5, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Bring him back. Only Mets pitcher with a no-no.

  4. tomcous - Oct 10, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Wouldn’t mind seeing him back … but the youth movement needs to take precedence.

    Even the $5.5 buyout is a ludicrous amount for a guy who raked in two years plus of earnings that could buy a few small islands or feed all of the starving in say Africa …

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