Legends On Deck

Johan Santana Signs Minor League Deal With Jays

Derek Jeter, Johan Santana

Photo Credit: Kathy Willens/AP

The Toronto Blue Jays signed Johan Santana to a minor league deal on Thursday with an invite to Spring Training. Santana last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the New York Mets and in 21 starts he finished 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA.

During spring training in 2013, he injured his left shoulder and last June while pitching in extended spring training with the Baltimore Orioles, he tore his Achilles tendon. This past fall he pitched in the Venezuelan Winter League and threw 17 pitches in two innings of work and retired all six batters he faced. But he suffered from stiffness in his left shoulder and was shut down and did not pitch in the league the rest of the winter.

Now the Blue Jays are giving the 35-year old lefty a shot at making a full comeback. There are reports that indicate the Jays are considering Santana for a spot in their starting rotation, so barring any major set backs to his shoulder the Venezuelan native could be back in the majors for the first time in three seasons.

David Conde
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