Johan Santana plans to pitch next season

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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.

Mets sign reliever Anthony Swarzak

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Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have signed reliever Anthony Swarzak. It’s a two-year, $14 million deal, pending a physical.

Swarzak is an eight-year big league veteran who pitched for the White Sox and Brewers in 2017, posting a 2.33 ERA in 70 games. The righty struck out 10.6 batters per nine innings while walking 2.6. It was a really nice year and he’s a really nice pickup for the Mets, even if he is a fallback choice after they failed to sign Bryan Shaw.