Multiple teams have expressed interest in free agent pitcher Johan Santana this offseason, so it’s a bit odd to see Santana without a team.
Now we have a better indication as to why Santana remains available in the free agent pool.
According to Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan, Santana isn’t expected to be ready to pitch until the middle of the season.
Terry Ryan says Johan won’t be ready until the summer but “we do have some interest in him.”
That’s a relatively concerning statement regarding Santana, who has a massive injury history.
Many felt Santana would be ready for Spring Training after undergoing surgery last April for a re-tear of his shoulder capsule, but that’s obviously not the case.
As mentioned above, the Twins will keep an eye on him moving forward but that’s a pretty big blow to interested teams who were hoping to have Santana available and ready on Opening Day (or at least close to it). The New York Yankees also had interest in Santana though with the addition of Masahiro Tanaka, that has likely died a bit.