The rumors of Johan Santana making a return to the Minnesota Twins have been circulating for some time. On Sunday, Twins GM Terry Ryan confirmed that the team was indeed interested - but the right-hander won't be able to pitch until the summer. Ryan's comments come courtesy of Mike Berardino, Twins beat writer for the St Paul Pioneer Press, reporting from preseason fan event TwinsFest, where Ryan was participating in a Q&A session.
Terry Ryan says Johan won't be ready until the summer but "we do have some interest in him."
— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) January 26, 2014
Ryan also called Santana's possible return to Minnesota "a good fit for both of us". With a possible return obviously still months away after not having pitched in 2013 at all, it's unclear whether Santana will even be able to return to the majors following his second major shoulder surgery in the last four years. At this stage, the Twins ought to be able to sign him to a relatively low-cost, short-term deal with incentives if they do go ahead with a move.
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