Johan Santana desperately wants to get back to the majors, but it appears it might take him longer than he had hoped.
Santana retired six straight batters on Tuesday night in the Venezuelan Winter League, the first outing for the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner since he tore an Achilles tendon last June.
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The Orioles have been busy signing free agents since training camp opened last month. Former Mets starter Johan Santana is the latest.
John Santana may one day pitch in the majors again, but likely not off of Tuesday’s workout.
The 34-year-old left-hander hit the open market last month when the Mets declined his $25-million option for 2014, which included a $5.5 million buyout.
Several people from other teams I’ve spoken to think the Yankees need Brett Gardner as insurance for an older and injury-prone outfield.
“We certainly have a high regard for Robinson Cano as a player,” he said. “It was my sense the presentation was a little bit overdone.”
The Mets have eight players from last year’s squad who can sign elsewhere via free agency. Should Alderson let them all walk? Should any return for 2014? Let’s take a quick look at each guy.
A return to the Mets isn’t completely off the table. General manager Sandy Alderson said on WFAN radio in September that re-signing the one-time ace would be a “possibility.”
Last week, Sandy Alderson told WFAN host Mike Francesa that re-signing the 34-year-old is a “possibility.” And Santana’s agent said on Tuesday that his client hasn’t ruled out re-signing with the Mets.
For what feels like a lifetime, Mets fans have been hearing that THIS is the offseason. THIS is when it will all change. 2014 will be the year that the Mets FINALLY field a team that can contend. You’re up, Mr. Alderson.
“I think now we’re entering a new phase where the short-term becomes somewhat more important than the long-term,” Alderson said. “And that’s how we’re going to go at it.”
For now, the 24-year-old Harvey and the Mets hope that he will be able to avoid reconstruction surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament. A full prognosis will not be made until swelling in the elbow goes down in about two weeks.
You don’t have to be a Mets fan to feel the loss. No one wins here. Even the most ardent Yankees groupie can find no humor in this. The city loses, the sport loses — and, as always, the Mets lose.