Left-handed pitcher Johan Santana is attempting to come back from his second left shoulder operation, and the Baltimore Orioles have decided to give the 2-time Cy Young winner a shot.
USA Today is reporting that the Orioles and Santana have agreed to a minor league deal, with terms of the agreement not yet being disclosed. Santana last pitched for the New York Mets, who declined a $25 million option and paid a $5.5 million buyout to Santana during the offseason.
This honestly isn’t a horrible move for the Orioles, who play in one of the most competitive divisions in baseball where pitching comes at a premium. If Santana is even 70-80 percent of the pitcher the Mets had for six seasons, he’ll still be an asset for the Orioles.
The re-tooling Orioles also recently signed agreements with right-handers Ubaldo Jimenez and Suk-min Yoon, and outfielder Nelson Cruz.
The 34-year old left-hander has a career record of 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA in his 12 seasons with the Minnesota Twins and the Mets. He missed the 2011 season following shoulder surgery in Sept. 2010. He then returned to pitch the Mets’ first no-hitter on June 1, 2012, and then again missed the 2013 season after yet another surgery on his shoulder.