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New York Yankees Maintain Interest, Monitoring Status of Former New York Mets P Johan Santana

January 10th, 2014 at 12:14 AM
By Doug Rush

While the New York Yankees are all-in on Japanese starting pitcher Masahiro Tanaka, they have also been interested in Johan Santana as well during the winter.

With Andy Pettitte retiring and CC Sabathia's struggles of the 2013 season well documented, it could benefit the Yankees to look into a lefty starter and with Santana looking for a second chance to rejuvenate a once brilliant career that was derailed by injuries, it makes a lot of sense for the Yankees to be interested and have maintained their interest in the 35-year-old.

"The Yankees are one of several teams monitoring the progress of former Mets ace Johan Santana, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. The person requested anonymity in order to speak freely about the situation. After missing all of 2013, Santana is still rehabilitating from his second anterior capsule surgery and has yet to pitch off a mound this winter. Santana could audition for scouts near his home in Fort Myers, Fla. before spring training."

Santana missed all of the 2013 season as well as the 2011 season with arm and shoulder issues that required surgery; Santana last pitched for the New York Mets back in 2012 and had a 6-9 record with a 4.85 ERA in 21 appearances and threw a no-hitter, the very first in Mets team history, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Yankees were interested in Santana in the winter of 2007 when Santana was a member of the Minnesota Twins, but the Yankees were unwilling to surrender Phil Hughes and Joba Chamberlain in a deal, and thus, the Twins ended up sending Santana to the Mets in a deal that also required them to sign him to a six-year, $137.5 million extension, the Yankees ended up benefiting from not trading for and signing Santana because while he ran into injuries, the Yankees ended up signing CC Sabathia a year later and were able to win the 2009 World Series.

Some have speculated that the Yankees could sign Santana to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training, but if the Yankees like what they see if they watch him audition in Florida, they might be more inclined to offer him a major league contract with incentives attached in a deal because of the injury history for Santana.

Santana is a career 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA in 284 starts and has won the American League Cy Young Award twice in his career, along with finishing third for both the American and National League Cy Young Award.

Tags: Baseball, Johan Santana, Minnesota Twins, MLB, New York, New York Mets, New York Yankees

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