Former Mets Ace Has Missed Two Of Three Seasons With Bad Shoulder

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Yankees are among eight teams — including the Mets — interested in free-agent pitcher Johan Santana, according to ESPN.

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.

Santana missed the entire 2013 season after re-tearing the capsule in his left shoulder.

The Minnesota Twins, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals and Milwaukee Brewers have also shown interest in Santana, ESPN reported. He could choose to “showcase himself” this winter if he doesn’t get the deal he’s looking for, according to ESPN.

Santana went 46-34 with a 3.18 ERA in 109 starts for the Mets. His most memorable moment in Flushing came on June 1, 2012, when he threw the first — and only — no-hitter in franchise history.

Santana, who turns 35 in March, won two Cy Young Awards with the Twins and has a 139-78 lifetime record (3.20 ERA). He also missed the 2011 season following shoulder surgery.

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