UPDATE – 1:42 PM:
According to a tweet from the club, the Mets have declined Johan Santana‘s $25 million option for 2014. The team will instead buy out the remaining year of his contract for $5.5 million.
It’s been widely assumed for over a year that the Mets would buy out the final year of Santana’s contract for $5.5 million. If they choose not to (which won’t happen), Santana will receive $25 million next year.
Even if Santana was healthy – not coming off his second major shoulder surgery – $25 million would still be a psychotic amount to pay him.
Sandy Alderson has left the door open as far as the Mets bringing Santana back at a much lower rate.
If the Mets and Santana part ways, he’ll likely be remembered best for two games.
The first, was the complete game shutout he tossed at Shea Stadium in Game 161 of the 2008 season. Pitching with a torn meniscus in his knee, Santana kept the Mets tied for a Playoff spot heading into the final day of the season (and the final game in the history of Shea) by blanking Florida.
The second, of course, is the no-hitter he tossed on June 1st, 2012 – the first in franchise history.
If Johan has indeed pitched his last game as a Met, we wish him good luck.