Johan Santana’s agent gave an update on the left-hander’s status, telling Andy Martino of the New York Daily News that the two-time Cy Young winner plans to pitch next season after missing all of this year following shoulder surgery.
Santana will be a free agent after finishing a six-year, $137.5 million contract with the Mets and apparently told his agent that he “isn’t going out like this.”
Santana is still just 34 years old, but he hasn’t pitched effectively since mid-2012 and is no sure thing to be fully recovered from surgery by spring training. Odds are he’ll have to settle for an incentive-laden deal and prove he’s healthy again.
ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that talks between Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association concerning pace of play changes have stalled, which makes it more likely that commissioner Rob Manfred unilaterally implements the changes he seeks. Those changes include a pitch clock and a restriction on catcher mound visits.
Manfred said, “My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players. But if we can’t get an agreement, we are going to have rule changes in 2018, one way or the other.”
The players have made several suggestions aimed at reducing the length of games, such as amending replay review rules, strictly monitoring down time between innings, and bringing back bullpen carts.
It is believed that MLB is proposing a pitch clock of 20 seconds. If a pitcher takes too long between pitches, he will have a ball added to the count. If the hitter takes too long, then he will have a strike added to the count.