July 20, 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana (57) throws a pitch during the second inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

New York Mets decline Johan Santana 2014 option

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At one point in his career Johan Santana was one of the most feared pitchers in all of baseball.

In his 12 year career, Santana has averaged 169 innings, 165 strike outs and 11 wins per season. His biggest seasons were back in 2004 and 2006 where he won the Cy Young award with records of 20-6 and 19-6 with 511 strike outs between both seasons.

Since moving onto the Mets in 2008, his starts and strike outs declined as the injuries began to pour on. Santana missed the entire 2013 season after having surgery to repair a capsule in his left shoulder that he happened to have re-torn.

Instead of picking up his option, the Mets have decided to just give him a $5.5 million buyout instead.

He started to throw once again and hasn’t announced anything related to retirement so you would have to think he’s looking to make a comeback and get back to that Cy Young form for whoever picks him up.

I think he ends up with an American League team once again. But will the Minnesota Twins be interested in bringing him back?

In his last season with the Mets, Santana started 21 games, pitched 117 innings and struck out 111 batters with a 6-9 record and 4.85 ERA.

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