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Orioles trying to talk Johan Santana into pushing back his opt-out clause

Jun 2, 2014, 4:49 PM EDT

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Johan Santana has been making steady progress in his recovery from multiple shoulder surgeries, but he’s clearly not ready to return to the majors yet and so the Orioles are trying to convince the two-time Cy Young winner to push back the opt-out clause in his contract that goes into effect at midnight today.

Executive vice president Dan Duquette told Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun that the Orioles “think we’ll be able to work something out” with Santana before tonight’s deadline, which makes sense considering the reports last week that they could be planning to call him up to the majors as soon as mid-June.

Initially there was some talk of Santana potentially coming back as a reliever, but he’s looked good enough and stayed healthy enough that the Orioles now have him working as a starter. His velocity has been in the high-80s and, for whatever it’s worth, his results in extended spring training games were very positive.

  1. moogro - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    He’s a winner. Things are gonna change, I can feel it.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 2, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Not trying to be a jerk, but don’t we already know this? Is there any new information here other than that today is the deadline?

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/29/orioles-want-johan-santana-to-push-back-opt-out-date-ahead-of-possible-mid-june-call-up/

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 2, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Moot point. Update!

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/06/orioles-purchase-johan-santanas-contract.html

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