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Friday, January 10, 2014

Yankees keeping an eye on Johan Santana

By on 1/10/2014 07:00:00 AM

From 2002 through 2010, Johan Santana was one of the most dominating pitchers and perhaps the best left-handed starter in Major League Baseball.  But shoulder injuries caused Santana to miss all of 2011 and limited him to only 21 games and a 6-9 record with a 4.85 ERA in 2012.  He missed all of 2013 and is still rehabilitating from his second anterior capsule surgery and has yet to pitch off a mound this winter.  There is some interest in the two-time Cy Young Award winner.

As reported by Andy McCullough at, the New York Yankees are one of several teams keeping a close watch on Santana's progress this off season.  Santana could try out for scouts near his Fort Myers' home before spring training. 

While the Yankees are watching Santana, they are one of a list of teams expected to meet with Masahiro Tanaka and his representative. Should the Yankees fail to land Tanaka, then they would dip into a pool of pitchers that are more affordable, albeit less reliable, such as Santana. 

Santana has the resume, but as he gets closer to his 36th birthday, his health is certainly a big question mark. It would be surprising if Santana gets a major-league contract. What's more likely is a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training with hopes of earning a spot on a major league roster and starting rotation.

Santana has pitched for the Minnesota Twins and New York Mets in his 12-year career.  He's lead the league in strikeouts and ERA three times.  Santana is also a four-time All Star who lead the league in wins in 2006, with 19. In 360 career games, he has a record of 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA. In 2,025 2/3 innings, he's allowed only 1,726 hits and struck out 1,988.



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