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Orioles and Mets among teams with interest in Johan Santana

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Johan Santana is drawing interest following his second major shoulder surgery.
Johan Santana is drawing interest following his second major shoulder surgery. (USATSI)

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The Orioles and Mets are among the many teams with interest in free agent left-hander Johan Santana, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. The two-time Cy Young Award winner is currently rehabbing from shoulder surgery.

Santana, 34, did not pitch at all in 2013 after having surgery to repair a torn shoulder capsule. It was the second torn capsule of his career, and most pitchers who deal with the injury never come back the same. Chien-Ming Wang, Mark Prior and Rich Harden are among its victims.

In 2012, Santana went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA (79 ERA+) and a 2.85 K/BB for the Mets. He had a 2.76 ERA as late as July 5, but he surrendered 33 runs in 19 innings in his final five starts before back and ankle trouble ended his season. Santana threw the franchise's first no-hitter on June 1 and some speculate his high pitch count in that game (134) led to his poor finish to the season.

Obviously the odds are long that Johan will return to being an effective pitcher after tearing his shoulder capsule twice, but there is no harm in giving him a minor league contract. I just wouldn't expect anything. Whatever he gives you is a bonus.

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