Several teams interested in Johan Santana

About a half-dozen teams — including the Yankees, Blue Jays and Padres — are reportedly considering signing free agent left-hander Johan Santana, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

The Rangers and Mariners have also checked in on Santana this month as he pitches in the Venezuelan Winter League for Magallanes.

Santana needed just 17 pitches and worked two perfect innings for his start on Jan. 13, his first since June when he tore an Achillies tendon in his left foot while pitching for Baltimore in extended Spring Training. His fastball ranged between 86 and 89 mph and he faced three Major League hitters: Yangervis Solarte, Josmil Pinto and Avisail Garcia.

His next start is scheduled for Thursday.

Santana is a former two-time American League Cy Young award winner (2004 and 2006) but has undergone two major shoulder surgeries since September 2010 and has not pitched in the majors since August of 2012 with the Mets.

Santana will turn 36 in March, but is hoping to earn at least an invite to Spring Training. Darren Wolfson of ABC Minneapolis has reported Santana already has one offer, although it is not from the Twins.

-Jamal Collier

2 Comments

Another retread.

Why would anyone let alone even just one team be interested in this injury prone cheat?

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