Starting pitcher Johan Santana has not pitched in the big leagues since 2012. He made 21 starts that season but saw a steady decline over the course of the year. Coming off shoulder surgery this past April, Santana has drawn interested from a number of teams as a free agent.
One of those teams is the Minnesota Twins, where Santana made a name for himself back in the day. At Twins Fest this past week, general manager Terry Ryan discussed the situation on Santana, including his timetable for returning to Major League action (quotes courtesy of Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press):
“He lives down in Fort Myers, so geographically it makes a lot of sense…We’ve had some dialogue with his representation. He’s not quite ready to make a decision yet, but we’re keeping an eye on him down there. Obviously it would be a good fit for both of us…
“…“He’ll be held back. He’s not ready to go. He won’t be ready to go probably, I’m going to say, (until) the summer at some point. Even with that being said, we do have some interest in him. Whether or not he wants to sign with us will be up to him.”
It might be that Santana waits until the season is underway to sign, but if he does sign soon, it sounds more and more like it will be with the Twins.