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

MLB Rumors: New York Yankees interested in Johan Santana

Even the New York Yankees like a bargain and given their expensive offseason, their search for a diamond in the rough is understandable.

Currently in need of pitching, the Yankees have been delving through the free agent pool but have yet to come across anything they’re enamored with, though Johan Santana has reportedly caught their eye.

The oft-injured pitcher has recently been holding workouts for teams and is said to be somewhat close to picking from his suitors, which includes the Yankees:

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.

Of course, the Yankees top pitching prize is none other than the 25-year-old Masahiro Tanaka, though Santana (if healthy) would be an extremely adequate signing as well. Of course, keeping Santana healthy has been a problem but when he’s on the field, the veteran arm has no trouble producing.

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  • Jim Harper

    Please Lord, not another retread destined for IR.

  • JoeDaBeast

    I don’t believe that Santana was ever an “Ace” for the Mets. If the Yankees can sign him to a minor league deal, make him prove himself, it may be the steal of 2014.