Feb 15, 2013; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana throws a pitch during spring training at Legends Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins called both Johan Santana and Scott Kazmir


From the sounds of things early on, the Minnesota Twins are looking to improve their starting rotation and have contacted several pitchers within the last couple days.

A reunion between the Minnesota Twins and Johan Santana could be just around the corner. Santana, 34 year old left handed pitcher, spent the first eight seasons of his Major League career with the Minnesota Twins. He actually had some of his best seasons with them as he recorded 1,381 strike outs and a combined 93-44 on top of two Cy Young awards (’04-’06) to go along with these stats.

It wouldn’t be that bad of a choice to bring back Santana, but the question right now is, does he still have what it takes to get back to the dominant pitcher he once was with this team before moving to the Mets?

Santana didn’t pitch all season for the Mets, but posted the second highest ERA (4.85) of his career in 2012. His highest was his rookie season where he put up a 6.49 ERA.

You can never really count a starting pitcher out, I mean, take a look at Bartolo Colon. The man is coming off his best season since the 2005 season he had with the Angels. Colon finished this season with a record of 18-6 and 117 strike outs with a 2.65 ERA.

His numbers are almost similar to those he put up with the Los Angeles Angels.

They’ve also contacted 29 year old left handed pitcher Scott Kazmir who is coming off a 10-9 season with the Cleveland Indians. Kazmir picked up 29 starts and finished the year with 162 strike outs, 1.32 WHIP, 4.04 ERA through 158 innings pitched.

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