Report: the Yankees are interested in Johan Santana

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This is not a report from 2006: Dan Martin of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are interested in Johan Santana.

As we noted over the weekend, Santana is embarking on another, possibly final comeback, playing in the Venezuelan Winter League. There have been some reports that he’s hitting 90 on the gun, but we’ve heard that before.

At this point he’d likely be had by giving him a minor league deal with a spring training invite, so it’ll cost essentially nothing to see if he can still get major league hitters out. Best case: you have a lefty who could possibly help out in the pen. Worst case: you’re out nothing. The Yankees gave Billy Crystal a spring training at bat once. It really doesn’t matter if they bring Santana in for a few weeks in February and March.

So yeah, expect to see Johan Santana in a spring training game for someone, even if it seems like a longshot that he’ll pitch in big league games that count again.