Collins expects Santana to show up and be completely ready to begin the season next February.
Santana went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA in 21 starts this season. After his no-hitter on June 1, Santana went 3-7 with a 8.27 ERA over his final ten starts, and averaged just under five innings per start over that span.
He lost his last five starts and had a 15.63 ERA in only 19 innings over that span – he was placed on the disabled list on August 22 (retroactive to August 18) after an MRI showed inflammation in his lower back and will not pitch again this season.
Santana is completing the fifth year of a six-year, $137.5 million contract he signed with the Mets before the 2008 season. Santana will earn $25.5 million in 2013 and the team holds a $25 million option on Santana for 2014 – they can opt to buy the option out for $5.5 million and make Santana a free agent after next season.
Michael Baron, ContributorPosted August 24: The Mets have to find a way to maximize what they get out of Santana and the $31 million they have invested in him for next season – and running him out there when he is hurting is not be the best way to do that. No matter what, considering how things have gone for Santana over the last 2 1/2 months or so, there’s no question he’s reached a low point and a crossroad of sorts in his career. Next season, he will have to make some key adjustments in order to be an effective and healthy Major League pitcher.