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Johan Santana to Sign a Minor League Deal with Baltimore Orioles; New York Yankees were Interested

March 3rd, 2014 at 2:58 PM
By Doug Rush

Johan Santana has found his next home for the 2014 season and instead of the possibility of pitching for the New York Yankees, instead, he will likely be facing off against them.

Roch Kubatko of MASNSports has reported that the Orioles will be signing the 34-year-old left-hander to a minor league deal after he was in their spring training camp this week and the team saw enough of him to sign him.

The Yankees were one of several teams interested in Santana for their rotation for the 2014 season, but after seeing him in a recent workout down in Ft. Myers, the Yankees weren't impressed with what they saw and decided to pass on pursuing the former New York Mets ace.

It's the second starting pitcher that the Orioles have signed this winter that the Yankees had interest in as they also agreed to a four-year deal with former Cleveland Indians ace Ubaldo Jimenez, who was viewed as a Plan B in their pitching plans during free agency, but decided to eventually pass on pursuing him, just like they did with Santana.

It's been almost two years since Santana has been on a mound, as the 2012 season was the last time he pitched, but tore a labrum in his shoulder which needed surgery and ended his 2013 season before he could finish out the six-year, $137.5 million deal he had signed with the Mets back in 2008.

The Yankees were coming into the season with some uncertainty in their rotation as CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda were coming off struggles late in the season and Masahiro Tanaka has never pitched in the United States before, thus why the early on interest in Santana.

The Yankees nearly tried to trade for Santana back in the winter of 2007 when he was a member of the Minnesota Twins, but the Yankees didn't meet Minnesota's asking price on what they wanted for the lefty and instead chose to deal him to the Mets.

Currently, Michael Pineda and Vidal Nuno are projected to be in the lead for the fifth spot in the Yankees starting rotation as Sabathia, Kuroda, Tanaka and Ivan Nova occupy the first four starter spots.

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