Report: Johan Santana ‘a real possibility’ for Twins

Could a reunion be in store for the Twins and their former ace?

According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, Minnesota is still “a real possibility” for former Twins and Mets left-hander Johan Santana.

Santana, coming off another major shoulder surgery at 34 years old, broke into the Majors with the Twins in 2000 and pitched for Minnesota until 2007. During that stretch, he won two American League Cy Young Awards (2004, ’06) while compiling a 93-44 record and 3.22 ERA.

The Twins traded Santana to the Mets before the 2008 season and have “continued to discuss Santana internally,” according to the Daily News report, which also notes that he has received interest from about 12 teams.

Santana didn’t pitch last year while recovering from shoulder surgery. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reported last week that the lefty was “getting closer” to selecting which Minor League contract to accept. Cafardo also noted that Santana still lives in Fort Myers, Fla., the Twins’ Spring Training home.

The Twins have been on a mission this offseason to upgrade their rotation, which was easily the worst in the Majors in 2013. Minnesota’s starters posted a 5.26 ERA and struck out fewer than five batters per inning.

As MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger pointed out in his Inbox, the Twins have locked down four-fifths of their 2014 starting rotation — Ricky Nolasco, Phil Hughes, Kevin Correia and Mike Pelfrey — with Samuel Deduno currently considered the favorite to secure the fifth spot.

-Adam Berry

9 Comments

If the Twins sign Johann Santana it would make sense since the Twins pitching coach (Rick Anderson) was successful with Santana in his first go with the Twins. In fact Santana is the only Twins pitcher to actually improve under Rick Anderson.

5 K’s an inning?
I’d take that on my team. Even with a 5+ ERA. ;-)

I saw that too. I think if you’re getting 5Ks an inning, you probably need a better glove behind the dish. :)

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Twins always on the cheap

Release Anderson. Sign Johan. Better off!

Twins need all the help they can get. It’s a good bet 1 or 2 of those “locked up” rotation spots will open at any given time next year.

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