Sarasota, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles made it official on
Tuesday and signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league
contract with an invitation to spring training.
Santana last pitched in the majors with the New York Mets in August 2012 and
spent the 2013 season recovering from shoulder surgery performed in April. He
needed to have a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder repaired for the
second time after experiencing weakness during spring training last March.
The veteran lefty, who turns 35 later this month, first sat out the entire
2011 season after a similar injury in September 2010. He returned for the
start of the 2012 campaign and made 21 starts for the Mets, posting a record
of 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA.
Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets history on June 1, 2012, needing 134
pitches to accomplish the feat. He wasn't the same afterward, with a mark of
just 3-7 and an 8.27 ERA over his next 10 starts. Battling ankle, back and
shoulder issues, the Mets shut him down for good in mid-August.
Following his shoulder problems from last year, the Mets decided not to pick
up his contract option for 2014.
Since arriving in the majors during the 2000 season with Minnesota, the native
of Venezuela has compiled a 139-78 record and 3.20 ERA in 360 appearances (284
starts). He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2004 and '06 for the Twins, while
finishing third in NL voting two years later in his first season for New York.
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