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Twins among teams interested in Johan Santana

Feb 18, 2014, 10:12 PM EDT

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According to LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins remain interested in a reunion with free agent left-handed starter Johan Santana but are one of only several major league teams currently in the running for his services.

“We talked (Monday) and I’ll see,” Twins assistant GM Rob Antony told the Star-Tribune about a chat with Santana’s agent, Peter Greenberg. “I haven’t heard back from him. I expressed where we are at. He said, ‘I’ll talk to Johan and we will get back.'”

Santana sat out the entire 2013 season after undergoing surgery in April for a re-tear of his left shoulder capsule. He has thrown off a mound twice this month as part of his ongoing rehabilitation process and is aiming to be ready for live major league action sometime around late May or early June.

Santana spent the first eight years of his career in Minnesota, posting a sensational 3.22 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 9.5 K/9 in 1,308 2/3 innings. He won the American League Cy Young Award in 2004 and 2006.

Despite the healthy amount of interest, Santana will likely have to settle for a minor league deal.

  1. chip56 - Feb 18, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    It would be nice for him to finish out his career there.

  2. oldschoolwillie - Feb 19, 2014 at 3:57 AM

    I would like to see Santana come back to the Twins. He made them relevant again and was very fun to watch while he was here.

  3. campcouch - Feb 19, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    mmm,I think he might be offering his services versus teams wanting. despite the wealth of the league,signing him is a risk. he hasn’t been healthy in years.I’m sure Minny fans hold sentimental feelings for him,but at the most he’d be worth a minor league invite.

  4. happytwinsfan - Feb 19, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    santana half forced his trade to the mets because he was upset about the twins failure to keep their veteran free agent shortstop. he felt that the twins weren’t committed to getting to the next level and making a playoff run. if things go badly on the field for the twins this year the twins would probably try to use a cameo return by him as mid season marketing boost. i’ll be surprised, but entertained, if that happens.

  5. moogro - Feb 19, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    He is going to come back and he is going to be good. If not this season, then next.

  6. cackalackyank - Feb 19, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    He may have something left in the tank. Be it the Twins, or one of the several unnamed teams, some team may be able to get a boost at relatively low rates for this year. It would be nice for him to end with the Twins, but he may be interested in a team where he could be a difference maker and get a shot at some more post season play.

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