The Mets just announced that Johan Santana will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair the new tear in the anterior capsule of his left shoulder. This will effectively end his season and his tenure with the Mets.
The new tear in the shoulder was found following an MRI earlier this week. Santana took a couple of days before deciding on surgery, but his agent, Chris Leible, indicated on Twitter last night that his client isn’t ready to give up on his career.
Santana previously had capsule surgery in September of 2010 and didn’t make it back to the majors until Opening Day of last season. But he’s prepared for the long road ahead.
Santana has been a joy to watch compete over the years, so it’s disappointing that he won’t be on a major league mound this season, but here’s hoping that he gets the opportunity to leave the game on his own terms.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.