The Mets and Johan Santana are very likely to part ways this winter, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News.
“It seems to me that both sides are ready to move on,” writes Martino.
Even so, team insiders told Martino they won’t rule out re-signing Santana this winter, but if they did bring him back it would be with similarly low expectations, like was the case with Chris Young and Shaun Marcum when they were signed.
The Mets must decide by the end of October whether to pick up Santana’s $25 million option for 2014, which they are instead expected to buyout for $5.5 million, while making him a free agent.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
It may just be that he wants a new environment, a new crop of media and fans, a new buzz and different expectations to carry him through. I wouldn’t begrudge that, and I wouldn’t bet against him. He’s a dedicated, creative workhorse, who I would love to see again on the Mets, but who I understand probably pitched his last game in blue and orange.
Michael Baron, Contributor
The Mets have nothing to lose by bringing Santana back on a non-guaranteed deal (assuming he’d entertain a situation like that). That said, he cannot be counted on to even start the season on the active roster… let alone for any type of prominent role in 2014. This is probably why the Mets intend to look elsewhere to address their problems in the starting rotation. Perhaps if the Mets had the immediate starting pitching depth they envisioned having heading into this off-season, they would be in better position to roll the dice on Santana. But, they don’t have that luxury, at least at the start of the season.
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