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Mets decline Johan Santana’s $25 million option

Nov 1, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT

National League New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana during first inning action in Washington Reuters

Johan Santana is officially a free agent, as the Mets declined his $25 million option for 2014 and paid him a $5.5 million buyout.

It was obviously a no-brainer move, as Santana missed the entire season following shoulder surgery and is no sure thing to be ready for the beginning of next year. He’ll likely be looking for an incentive-laden one-year contract on the open market and publicly at least the Mets have indicated they’re interested in re-signing him for a much, much lower price.

Santana last saw action in an MLB game on August 17, 2012. He ended up throwing 717 innings with a 3.18 ERA for the Mets while making $137.5 million.

  1. pjmitch - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Boy, I sure would have liked to have made $191,771.27 per inning

    I guess I did. Never threw one.

  2. gunner1970 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Santana was unstoppable as Minnesota Twin! Glad the Twins had him when they did because I sure enjoyed watching him

  3. DelawarePhilliesFan - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    “He ended up throwing 717 innings with a 3.18 ERA for the Mets while making $137.5 million.”

    But I prefer this stat:

    He ended up throwing 117 innings with a 4.85 ERA his final 3 years, while earning $76.6 million

    • clydeserra - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      So what?

      In one 9 inning game he didn’t give up a hit! therefore he was worht every penny. NO HITS!

      See how I can cherry pick things too?

      • cohnjusack - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        Yeah, but Delaware’s stats were actually relevant.

      • clydeserra - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        he signed a contract guaranteeing him money.

        he got paid that money.

        what his ERA and innings pitched are actually irrelevant. just as irrelevant as his no hitter

      • cohnjusack - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        He was pointing out that Santana was of virtually no value over the last three years of his contract, and that it may be worthwhile to isolate those numbers. Do we have to get your approval before saying a contract sucked?

      • clydeserra - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        getting my permission would be a waste of time.

        Seriously though, how do you judge contracts? from the information you knew at the time of the signing, or after the contract period is over? I think it is more useful to look at it in the context of the time is was signed.

  4. sportsfan69 - Nov 1, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    MLB player contracts are mind blogging. An average player will automatically get paid 8 million plus a year. This is why baseball is dying slowly among the younger generations. That including their student loan debts.

    • clydeserra - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:10 PM


      yup. Once the generation that never saw a daytime world series games gets top adulthood, baseball will never recover.

      or when people realize how much money the players make, they will never use their student loan money to get Chase Utlley Shirseys.

    • cohnjusack - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:11 PM

      Baseball is dying because players get paid too much?

      You realize players are getting paid more than ever because baseball is making more money than ever, yes?

      Also, according to this article in Forbes, the average MLB player made $3.2 million in 2012, nearly $2 million less than the average NBA player and $1.3 million more than the average NFL player. If MLB is “dying” because of salaries, why aren’t those two?

    • dadawg77 - Nov 1, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      So having the revenue to pay average players $8m a year is dying. If so what can I do to achieve that level.

    • gerryb323 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      THAT’S where the word “blogging” came from. Mind-blowing + mind-boggling = Mind-blogging!

    • paperlions - Nov 1, 2013 at 7:57 PM

      The average player creates MUCH MUCH MUCH more than $8M dollars in revenue for MLB. Complain all you want, but the fact is that the talent is the basis for all MLB revenue and everyone but the players are making a living off of that talent.

      • gibbyfan - Nov 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        Everyone but the players??? I think the players are doing pretty well

      • paperlions - Nov 2, 2013 at 8:26 AM

        Of course the players are doing well. The point is that they are the ones generating the revenue, pretty much all of it….no matter who else is involved in different aspects of the revenue generation, it is all based on the players talents and performances. Regardless of what players are making, there is no way to call it “too much” because everyone else in baseball (especially the owners) are making money hand over fist for doing nothing more than owning a team….and you don’t even have to be a good owner.

        The worst MLB owner makes more money off of his team than the most highly paid player will make over his career.

    • anxovies - Nov 2, 2013 at 5:54 PM

      Looking at the 40 man rosters there are about 1200 MLB players, The median salary is 3.2 Million. These players generate billions of dollars in revenue for their teams. The median salary for top executives for the largest companies is about 13 million, not including stock options and bonuses. Lawrence Ellison, the CEO of Oracle, made 96.2 million in salary last year. Baseball players are underpaid.

  5. xdj511 - Nov 1, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    End of an era. He leaves the franchise leader in no-hitters.

    But he’s only in the middle of the pack when it comes to “athletes who signed huge contracts with the Mets and failed to live up to them”

  6. maikoch - Nov 2, 2013 at 3:05 AM


  7. mac12311 - Nov 2, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    It’s seriously out of hand That players make this type of guaranteed money. The problem is we are all part of the problem. As long as we fork over our own money for tickets, merchandise, cable tv, and other stuff we are basically saying keep paying the players that kind of money. Johan Santana was a great pitcher who got hurt. It happens in every sport. I remember when he was signed it was believed he would be the missing piece. Would be great if he could come back for a year at a reasonable salary and get back to his old form. Especially with the injuries to their other pitchers.

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