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Mets don’t expect a reunion with Johan Santana

The Mets met with Johan Santana‘s agent during the Winter Meetings, but are not optimistic about re-signing him (Martino, Jan. 6).

It was reported last week that Santana was close to signing a minor league deal with a team (Cafardo, Dec. 29), but nothing official has been announced.

The Mets (Castillo, Dec. 8) are among 12 teams (Martino, Jan. 6) to show interest in Santana, who is said to be throwing from 150 feet on flat ground with no pain, according to his representatives (Leible, Dec. 4).

Santana has not pitched in a big-league game since August, 2012. He underwent a second surgery to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder this past April and missed the entire 2013 season.




22 comments
Vince Zincone
Vince Zincone

Make a deal for him, but only the right one.  He'll have his limitations but if hes' still got it, we'll get innings out of him.  Plus, he'll be an asset mentoring the young Mets staff.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

I'd rather see guys like Mejia or Montero, and eventually Syndergaard, make use of the 5th spot in the rotation.

I'll always love Johan and appreciate what he did for the Mets, but those of you looking for sympathy over what Alderson said last year can kick some rocks.

This is the same pitcher who made over $47 million to pitch exactly 0 innings in '11 and '13.  I think he'll manage to scrape by with a minor league deal from the Twins.

mystere24
mystere24

I attended both Santana's no-hitter that broke the Ryan Curse and Harvey's All-Star Game start at CitiField which I have to say are my two highlight Mets moments since the 2006 postseason. I will never forget watching Santana's pitch count balloon early in that game and the outs start to pile up as the anticipation grew to a fever pitch in the 7th, 8th, and incredibly the 9th inning. Baxter ended his season in that wall collision and Santana probably threw away his career to give Mets fans something that we never had and he will forever be remembered by Mets fans for that. I do think, considering how much money we invested in him that we did not get back in the form of starts, he should sign with the Mets if the offers are comparable. If he moves on, he's the type of player anyone can root for, a guy who gave everything he had and left it all on the field, whether it was pitching, fielding, running, or batting. He is the definition of a competitor.

Serge Marinkovic
Serge Marinkovic

He hopefully thought of some Stem cell therapy for his aching shoulder.  It could give his shoulder the repair ingredients for a better repair and conclusion to his baseball career.

Cliff Olander
Cliff Olander

Exactly why he isn't coming back is because of Aldersons comments last yr. I say the only Met pitcher ever to pitch a no no definitely deserves a shot to resurrect his career as a NY Met , but I'm sure Santana is not gunna give a hometown discount to the Mets of Aldersons lack of confidence speech last yr.

dave27a
dave27a

Clearly it's Johan who doesn't want to come back here - you'd think the prospect of playing for a GM that publicly questioned his rehab last Spring and a team that views finishing in 3rd by a nose as progress would be more appealing...

yankeehater
yankeehater

Whatever....that's about the nicest thing I could say.

Jean_Valjean
Jean_Valjean

It would be terrific for him to retire wearing a Twins uniform. 

Mark Rakentine
Mark Rakentine

Since the Mets are basically already paying him this season (his buyout) I would think that he would certainly be worth signing to a minor league deal with the Mets....but Aldersen is the "genius" so he'll overthink that one too.

Craig
Craig

I would love to have Johan back. If Johan does not expect to pitch this year, I would love for him to take a back up gig  where he would not really play, but would guide the young pitchers.

Joe Schwartzman
Joe Schwartzman

I can't figure out why Johan is not even worth an invite to spring.If he is able to pitch he 30% of Johan is better than Dice k or Harang or any other guy off the scrap heap

drmetfan
drmetfan

Johan gave all Mets fans hope of winning a WS. He was the missing link to an already very talented team. But unfortunately things did not panned out as planned. He is a worrior and was great every time he was on the mound. However, it is time to move on. Let the young kids come into play for a shot at the rotation.

Elias Rosario
Elias Rosario

thats impossible now in nyc thats even below min wage it should be 8.00 an hour lol and my opinion we should get jason hammels cheaper injury free all teams with very good scouts are chasing him so they know something.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

A hometown discount?  The guy got paid over $47 million to pitch a grand total of 0 innings in 2011 and 2013.  Get the helll outta here.

sylow59
sylow59

Y eah. He showed SA was soooooo wrong by not pitching a single inning.

dave27a
dave27a

I'm pretty sure this has everything to do with where Johan wants to sign-  if you want to criticize anything, Alderson's public criticism of him last spring is probably the biggest driver.

Gland1
Gland1

What does the buyout have to do with it?

Eric Koeller
Eric Koeller

cause Johan might not be healthy to start the year...he need someone to pitch the first couple months until Syndergaard/Montero is ready...not someone to help out in the second half

Kevin Rooney
Kevin Rooney

After all the money the mets gave him, at least he coud do is give them a free year. That the

Least he could do.

Robby Johnson
Robby Johnson

You need to brush up on how the whole "Employer - Employee" thing works.