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Orioles Sign Johan Santana

Orioles Sign Johan Santana

PostPost #1 by ofahn » March 4th, 2014, 11:38 am

By Steve Adams [March 4, 2014 at 10:21am CST]

The Orioles have signed left-hander Johan Santana to a minor league deal with an invitation to Major League Spring Training, the team announced. Santana, a client of the Legacy Agency, reportedly has a $3MM base salary upon making the roster, and his deal is said to contain incentives as well. MLB.com's Britt Ghiroli tweeted yesterday that the Orioles view Santana as a potential left-handed reliever.

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.

One of the best Rule 5 Draft selections in history, Santana broke out with the Twins in 2002, posting a 2.99 ERA in 108 innings. Over the next five seasons in Minnesota, Santana posted a 2.92 ERA and won a pair of AL Cy Young Awards before being traded to the Mets for a package of prospects highlighted by Carlos Gomez and former No. 3 overall draft pick Phil Humber. Santana signed a six-year, $137.5MM extension with the Mets and was solid when on the field but looks poor in hindsight due to his injury troubles.


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Re: Orioles Sign Johan Santana

PostPost #2 by ofahn » March 4th, 2014, 11:44 am

IMO this signing is a lot more important than it would appear on its face. It's a clear sign that a player with options saw the Orioles as a solid opportunity to play on a winner and other players will take notice.
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Re: Orioles Sign Johan Santana

PostPost #3 by Old Sneakers » March 5th, 2014, 4:34 pm

Two ways to look at this.

This is the team rolling the dice on an aging pitcher trying to increase his current value. The guy is unlikely to do anything significant for the parent club. But has shown to be a reasonably safe bet for a player attempting to come back from injury.
Perhaps this should be seen as "Good will hunting" in regards to how this team treats players.

Or perhaps Santana regains his health, velocity and command. If so, he has incentives in his contract and perhaps his addition saves options on younger players the team has under control.

Regardless this is a roll of the dice. Once upon a time this would have been a huge signing for the team. Hopefully, Santana and the team both end up with something and this turns out to be a wise move.
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Re: Orioles Sign Johan Santana

PostPost #4 by ofahn » March 6th, 2014, 10:08 am

Old Sneakers wrote:Regardless this is a roll of the dice.

Agreed, but we're playing with house money. This is the quintessential low risk, high upside move.

Old Sneakers wrote:Once upon a time this would have been a huge signing for the team.

PLEASE, don't remind me.
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