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Orioles Nearing Minor League Deal With Johan Santana

Orioles Nearing Minor League Deal With Johan Santana

PostPost #1 by osforlife » March 3rd, 2014, 3:23 pm

http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2014/03/o ... qus_thread

The Orioles are nearing a minor league deal with former AL Cy Young winner Johan Santana, tweets Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio tweeted earlier today that Santana was in Orioles camp and wondered if something might be cooking between Baltimore and the Peter Greenberg cilent. The Orioles view Santana as a potential lefty reliever, tweets MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli.

Santana, who turns 35 in 10 days, did not pitch in 2013 after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder for the second time in three years. Santana's last work came in 2012, when he was excellent through the season's first half. That strong stretch was highlighted by the first no-hitter in Mets history on June 1, when Santana shut down a strong Cardinals lineup. However, Santana also walked five in the game and needed a whopping 134 pitches to complete the no-no -- 26 more than he'd thrown in any other start of the year. Santana posted an 8.27 ERA over his next 49 innings before being shut down for the season.
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Re: Orioles Nearing Minor League Deal With Johan Santana

PostPost #2 by osforlife » March 4th, 2014, 8:19 am

I think this is a great deal. He won't be ready until about mid-season, but that's fine. Baltimore is six deep in the rotation right now; A starting pitcher like Joe Saunders would not have signed here to become 7th on the depth chart. Where would he pitch right now? Johan can continue to rehab, and maybe he can provide some valuable innings in what would be a depleted pitching staff. These are exactly the types of moves that winning teams make in order to maintain depth throughout the season. It's obvious his arm gave out after one half of the 2012 season. But in that first half, he was pitching like a #2 pitcher. Two years, one shoulder surgery later, and a transition to the AL EAST, and we've almost certainly seen the end of Johan's TOTR days. But if he can come in if/when the staff is running low/injured/tired, and provide BOTR statistics, he could very valuable. One, he would throw some much needed innings. Two, he gives Gausman and Wright some extra development time. Good Move Mr. Duquette.
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Re: Orioles Nearing Minor League Deal With Johan Santana

PostPost #3 by ofahn » March 4th, 2014, 11:39 am

They signed him.

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PostPost #4 by ofahn » March 4th, 2014, 11:40 am

osforlife wrote:These are exactly the types of moves that winning teams make in order to maintain depth throughout the season.

I could not have said this any better. POINTS!
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