11:20 am: The Orioles and free-agent LHP Johan Santana have agreed to a minor-league deal that could be worth up to $3 million (Heyman, Mar. 4).
Mar. 3: The Orioles and Santana are close to agreeing on a minor-league deal (Kubatko).
He could end up being used as a left-handed reliever (Ghiroli, Mar. 3).
The Mets did not send a scout to see Santana’s audition in Florida last week, during which he hit just 81 mph with his fastball (Newsday, Feb. 24)…
It was reported in late January that the Mets were done adding to their starting rotation, according to people with direct knowledge of the team’s thinking (Martino, Jan. 27).
This offseason, the Mets signed Bartolo Colon and added Daisuke Matsuzaka and John Lannan to compete with Jenrry Mejia and other young pitchers for the final spot in the rotation. Sandy Alderson had reportedly shown interest in Santana (Lennon, Dec. 10) earlier in the off season.