According to Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger, the Mets have expressed interest in bringing back starting pitcher Johan Santana. The left hander, who turns 35 in March, missed the entire 2013 campaign after undergoing surgery (for the second time) on the anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Writes Castillo:
The Mets have also inquired about Johan Santana, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person requested anonymity to speak freely on the matter.
“Seven or eight teams” have reached out to Santana, who has started throwing from 150 feet, his agent Chris Leible of Legacy Agency tweeted.
Santana, who expects to be ready for spring training, is rehabbing from his second surgery to repair the anterior capsule in his left shoulder. The Mets bought out Santana’s contract for $5.5 million in October after six seasons with the club.
I’d be on board with a Johan reunion, provided that it’s a minor league deal.
Santana already defied the odds once by coming back from his first anterior capsule surgery, and I don’t doubt his ability to get back on the mound and compete.
However, with a pitcher like Johan, any pitch could be his last. It would be great for Santana to be able to finish what he started in New York, but if the Mets bring him back, it will have to be as someone to compete for the fifth spot in the rotation and nothing more.