Orioles hurler Johan Santana has torn his achilles tendon and will miss the season, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun (Twitter links). Baltimore had signed Santana to a minor league deal that included a $3MM base salary and up to $5.05MM in incentives.
The Orioles had just purchased Santana’s contract and moved him to the 15-day DL as he completed his rehab from left shoulder surgery. With Santana no longer an option, executive VP Dan Duquette says that the club will look to add depth over the summer, possibly via trade.
This is a shame. I was looking forward to seeing Johan pitch. Still, I loved this signing. No team makes it through the year with five starters. Signing a major league starter that should be ready half way through the season, but still starting the year with five major league starters, is brilliant in my mind.