When the New York Mets declined to pick up the option on former Cy Young winner Johan Santana’s contract, the market for the lefty heated up more than we thought it would. Despite the shoulder issues that have plagued Santana in recent years, Jon Heyman is reporting that the pitcher is garnering a lot of attention in free agency so far.
Heyman states that the Baltimore Orioles are among “many teams” interested in bringing in Santana for their rotations. He also notes that one of those teams is none other than the New York Mets
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2013
It’s interesting that the Mets are one of the teams who are after Santana considering they’re starting from behind after cutting him loose this offseason. It’s not like Santana can blame them for not wanting to pay gobs of money for a pitcher with suspect health, but he doesn’t have to do them any favors either.
New York showing interest in bringing Santana back at a lower price shows that while Santana’s best days are behind him, there is still gas in the tank.
This also shows other teams with interest that Santana’s shoulder maybe isn’t as bad as you’d think, but a bidding war of epic proportions isn’t expected. Santana is a pitcher to keep an eye on and an outside chance of him skipping out of the East Coast and back to Minnesota is one of the numerous possibilities to ponder.