Johan Santana — previously diagnosed with shoulder nastiness that requires season-ending surgey — got a second opinion today. Except he got it from Dr. James Andrews, and I can’t remember the last time a pitcher saw him and was found not to need an operation. So the “ayes” have it, Santana will go under the knife tomorrow and he’s done for the year.
UPDATE: many people are bombarding me with examples of pitchers who were judged to be A-OK after seeing Andrews. At times like these I wish I had a reputation for shamelessly ignoring facts in order to stick with dumb points, but I just haven’t been in this business long enough, I guess, so I stand corrected.
As I mentioned on Friday, the time frame for throwing — not pitching, but throwing — is the beginning of spring training. Whether he’d be ready to actually pitch with the 2011 season begins, therefore, is an open question.
And not to be a gloomy Gus about it or anything, but Mets players who are “out for the year” have a funny way of missing half the next year too (See, Beltran, Carlos; Reyes, Jose). Or more (Escobar, Kelvim).
Update #2 (6:21 PM EST): Make that $37.5 million, per Heyman.
Update (6:02 PM EST): The deal is for “around” $37 million with deferrals that lower the present-day value, per Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that free agent 1B/OF Mark Trumbo is close to a deal with the Orioles. He first reported that the two sides were back in touch earlier on Thursday afternoon. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the deal is expected to be for three years and under $40 million.
Trumbo’s market hasn’t developed as he expected. The slugger turned down the Orioles’ $17.2 million qualifying offer back in November. Then the Orioles reportedly made a four-year contract offer to him in December but pulled it off the table. Most recently, a report indicated that Trumbo lowered his expectations to a three-year deal in the $40-50 million range.
Trumbo, 31, led the majors with 47 homers for the Orioles this past season. He also hit a solid .256/.316/.433 with 108 RBI in 667 plate appearances. With Trumbo back in the fold and some slight offensive upgrades made, the Orioles figure to have a formidable offense in 2017.
The Astros avoided arbitration with pitcher Mike Fiers, agreeing on a $3.45 million salary for the 2017 season, per Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle. The right-hander was in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility.
Fiers, 31, made 30 starts and one relief appearance for the Astros in 2016. He finished the year with a 4.48 ERA and a 134/42 K/BB ratio in 168 2/3 innings.
Fiers had a much better showing in 2015 as well as in limited action in 2014, so the Astros are hoping he rediscovers that effectiveness going forward. He’ll slot into the back of the starting rotation.