J. Santana on comeback trail, Yanks interested?

Veteran left-hander Johan Santana is looking to make a comeback and the Yankees could be one of the teams interested in taking a gamble on the former two-time Cy Young Award winner, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post.

Santana, who turns 36 in March, tossed two scoreless innings Tuesday night in a Venezuelan Winter League appearance. The Yankees were among the clubs in attendance for that outing, though it’s unclear how many other teams, or which ones exactly, also attended Santana’s outing.

Santana has missed each of the last two seasons due to a pair of injuries. He missed the entire 2013 campaign while recovering from shoulder surgery — problems with that same shoulder also cost him the entire 2011 season — before suffering a torn Achilles’ tendon during extended Spring Training with the Orioles last June.

The southpaw last pitched in the Majors in 2012, going 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA and two complete game shutouts over 21 starts. Santana led his respective league in ERA three times from 2004-08 and had a strong 2010 campaign (11-9, 2.98 ERA, 1.176 WHIP) before injuries derailed his career over the past five years.

If he stays healthy, Santana will likely be able to find a Major League club interested in taking a flier on him with an incentive-laden deal.

— Paul Casella

1 Comment

Santana is a perfect fit for the Yankees or any other team seeking to compete in 2015 in need of a starter. Why not go with a $1M pitcher who has a chance to be great over a guy like Shields for $20M+/year long term, who is likely to be good, but no more likely to be “great” than Santana??

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