Johan Santana's surgery "a success"

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The Mets have announced that Johan Santana had his shoulder surgery this morning and that “it was a success.”  Which is good to hear.

But of course we hear that all the time. I don’t wish ill on any specific player, but just once, on general principles, I would like to hear a team announce that a player’s surgery was “a total disaster.”

“Oh god, it was awful,” a team spokesman said. “They got in there and it was like spaghetti. The doctor tried — dear sweet lord, did he try! — but the surgery went sideways from the first slice and got worse from there. A nurse cried. I saw her crying.  Thank god we got the guy to sign a waiver before he went under. Will someone get me a drink?”

Report: Twins interested in Wade Miley

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Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.

The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.

Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”