The Blue Jays just announced that they agreed to terms with left-hander Johan Santana on a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Santana hasn’t pitched in the majors since August 17, 2012 as a member of the Mets. The 34-year-old missed all of 2013 after his second major shoulder surgery and saw his comeback attempt with the Orioles come to an end last June due to a torn Achilles tendon. He rehabbed the injury in order to showcase himself in the Venezuelan Winter League, but he was eventually shut down due to shoulder discomfort. Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reported on Sunday that Santana was due to resume his throwing program this week, so he might not be close to game action, but that didn’t stop the Blue Jays from taking a chance on him.
Santana is basically a lottery ticket at this point, but it would be really great to see him go out on his own terms as opposed to continued physical ailments getting in the way. Here’s hoping he gets that chance.
A two-time AL Cy Young Award winner, Santana owns a 3.20 ERA across 12 seasons in the majors.