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Johan Santana reuniting with the Twins? Still possible

Jan 6, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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It’s been nine days since Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported that Johan Santana was close to signing a minor-league deal and that hasn’t happened yet, but now Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that the Twins “remain a real possibility” to sign Santana.

According to Martino at least a dozen teams have expressed interest in Santana, who missed all of last season and is a huge question mark at age 34 because of major shoulder problems.

I’m a Twins fan and Santana is my favorite pitcher of all time, so you’d find me at Target Field for every one of his starts this year, but the rotation is already pretty packed after signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes and re-signing Mike Pelfrey.

  1. wonkypenguin - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    They need a lefty in that rotation. Sign him up. Santana is just a smidgen more interesting than Mike Pelfrey.

  2. zzalapski - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    I’m almost certain Santana with one functioning shoulder and a car tire strapped to his back will pitch as well as Pelfrey, at a fraction of the cost.

    • byjiminy - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Try having him pitch right-handed, you mean? Intriguing. I’d watch that.

  3. sdelmonte - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:42 AM

    Worth the risk, though I am not hopeful that he has anything left after the second injury.

  4. karlkolchak - Jan 6, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    The Twins’ rotation is “packed?” Like an otherwise empty box full of packing peanuts, maybe.

    • Joe - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      You might want to check your Sarcasmometer.

      • karlkolchak - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        It goes to 11!

  5. TBaySlim - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    dumpster diving again….how did rich harden work out last yr?

    • Bryz - Jan 6, 2014 at 1:12 PM

      How much did signing Rich Harden hurt the Twins last year? Nothing.

      What is the downside of signing a high-risk player to a minor league contract? Nothing.

      What is the upside if everything works out? Moderate to substantial.

      It’s worth a shot.

      • TBaySlim - Jan 7, 2014 at 8:28 AM

        well with that logic, the twins should immediately go out an sign, Mark prior, Joel Zumaya, Dallas Braiden, Brandon Webb, and Roy HAlladay. Theres a reason these pitchers remain unsigned, often injuried players take the spots of more promising younger players and the twins continue to dumpster dive. The only value here would be nostalgic at best…your logic is flawed

  6. racksie - Jan 6, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Johan Santana looks around the league, assesses his chance with each team, gets to the last team on the list, the Twins, and says to himself “self, I am a shadow of my former self, but I may be the ace of that staff…”

  7. yordo - Jan 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I would’ve gambled on Johan first before overpaying for those other clowns. They have the worst rotation in baseball.

  8. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    At this point, Nolasco should be better, and Hughes should be healthier. Other than that, Santana should be better than all of their other options.

    That said, I can imagine him wanting a nice West Coast team with a big outfield and warm weather. What post-injury pitcher would want to pitch outside in Minnesota for a losing team?

    • dluxxx - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      One who came up with the team and had the best seasons of his career playing for said team…

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        Not in that park, and not with those players though…

    • racksie - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

      By “that park”, do you mean an exceptionally pitcher friendly park that gave up fewer hr’s than all but one park in all of MLB? Yeah, why would he do that?

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 6, 2014 at 5:59 PM

        Yes, that is one aspect of it.

        Here is another, for an aging guy coming off multiple surgeries:

        http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/11/target-field-is-covered-in-snow-and-the-twins-play-tomorrow/

  9. kraa0901 - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    I don’t see “cool” weather being a deterring factor here bud. Not going to hold a guy back from signing with a team….

  10. csbanter - Jan 6, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Santana made plenty of money from Mets for minimal results. He should give mets a chance if he is physically sound. Why should Twins benefit from this ?

    • braxtonrob - Jan 8, 2014 at 6:41 AM

      Because some of us hate the Mets :P

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