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Johan Santana | Starting Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (36) / 3/13/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 208
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Johan Santana will begin his throwing program on Tuesday.
Santana, 35, is attempting to make it back to the major leagues for the first time since 2012. In the time since, he has undergone major shoulder surgery and suffered an Achilles injury last season. If Santana has a worry-free spring, the left-hander could join the Blue Jays' rotation at some point in April, though he is reportedly "highly unlikely" to be ready for Opening Day. He will earn a $2.5 million salary with contract incentives that could pay him more should he make the major league roster. Mar 3 - 8:48 AM

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Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Friday that Johan Santana (shoulder, Achilles) is "highly unlikely" to be ready by Opening Day.

Santana hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012, as he missed 2013 while recovering from a second major shoulder surgery and 2014 after blowing out his Achilles. He had a minor setback with his shoulder earlier this offseason, but delaying his start to 2015 likely is just so he can build up some stamina. The Blue Jays are viewing Santana as a starter, and he could be part of the rotation at some point in April if all goes well. The lefty has an opt-out clause in his contract on April 28 and will make $2.5 million plus incentives when on the big league roster.
Feb 27 - 11:04 AM

Blue Jays signed LHP Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He'll make a base salary of $2.5 million if in the majors. Santana last pitched in the majors in 2012 before undergoing a second major shoulder surgery. He then had his comeback attempt last season sabotaged by a torn Achilles. The veteran left-hander experienced shoulder soreness while pitching in winter ball last month, but he didn't have any structural damage and the Jays decided to take a shot on him. Slated to turn 36 next month, Santana is obviously a long shot but is worth a gamble on a minor league deal. He'll compete for the final spot in Toronto's rotation.
Feb 26 - 6:06 PM

Johan Santana (shoulder) plans to resume his throwing program this week.

The Twins are among the teams that are still monitoring his situation, but Darren Wolfson of 1500ESPN doesn't expect the club to bring the veteran left-hander back. The 35-year-old plans to sign in the next few weeks on what will assuredly be an incentive-laden minor league deal.
Feb 22 - 6:35 PM

Johan Santana has been scratched from the remainder of the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs.

Santana missed a start last week due to shoulder discomfort, but no structural damage was found and he was hoping to return to action quickly. It's unclear whether the discomfort has lingered or not, but that possibility has been officially ruled out. The 35-year-old will now likely have to prove his health with throwing sessions in order to sign with an MLB team.
Jan 27 - 2:37 PM

Johan Santana's agent Peter Greenberg said Thursday that his client could be able to pitch in the next round of the Venezuelan Winter League playoffs.

A report Wednesday out of Venezuela stated that Santana was again having problems with his throwing shoulder, but tests have ruled out structural damage and the veteran lefty hasn't given up hope of appearing in another VWL game. Greenberg also told FOX Sports' Jon Morosi that Santana "will be ready for spring training." The 35-year-old Santana is still a major league free agent and is probably going to have to take a non-guaranteed minor league deal.
Jan 22 - 10:40 AM

Johan Santana will miss the Venezuelan Winter League final due to shoulder discomfort, according to Nelson Medina Arnías of LVBP.com.

Santana is attempting to return to the major leagues and had been drawing interest from a half-dozen teams, including the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Padres. The lefty underwent an MRI, which revealed no structural damage, but pitching coach Edwin Hurtado said Santana was recovering slowly and did not want to risk exacerbating the injury. The 35-year-old had his attempt at a comeback halted last year with the Orioles when he tore his Achilles.
Source: LVBP.com
Jan 21 - 10:41 AM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Yankees, Blue Jays, and Padres are among a half-dozen teams considering free agent left-hander Johan Santana.

Several other teams were reportedly in attendance for Santana's start in the Venezuelan Winter League last Tuesday. He's scheduled to pitch again on Thursday. The veteran southpaw is fully recovered from his torn Achilles and should wind up in camp with someone on an incentive-laden deal.
Jan 20 - 2:31 PM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that Johan Santana has at least one offer on the table after throwing on Tuesday.

Wolfson notes that the Twins were on hand for that outing, but have yet to make an offer to the veteran left-hander. He is scheduled to pitch again in the Venezuelan Winter League this week.
Jan 18 - 4:27 PM

Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports that the Rangers were among six teams to send scouts to watch Johan Santana's start in the Venezuelan Winter League on Tuesday.

Santana threw two perfect innings on 17 pitches, a good first step in his attempt to return to the majors. Fraley notes that, along with the Rangers, the Brewers, Mariners, Rays, Blue Jays, and Yankees also sent scouts to watch Santana. As he is expected to grab only a minor league deal, a team won't be risking much in taking a flier on the lefty.
Jan 15 - 8:05 AM

Dan Martin of the New York Post reports that the Yankees are interested in Johan Santana.

The Yankees were among the teams in attendance for Santana's start in the Venezuelan Winter League on Tuesday. According to Martin, they remain "intrigued" by the veteran left-hander and plan to "keep an eye on him." He'll likely never throw as hard as he once did and might not be anything more than a dice roll at this point, but he figures to go into spring training with someone.
Jan 14 - 9:44 AM

Johan Santana (Achilles) pitched two perfect innings Tuesday for Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Santana also reached 90 mph with his fastball. The veteran southpaw tried to make it back from his second major shoulder surgery last year before he tore his Achilles, but he's going to give it another shot. Someone will likely give him an incentive-laden deal to see what he has left in the tank.
Jan 14 - 8:58 AM

Darren Wolfson of 1500 ESPN reports that the Twins are expected to watch Johan Santana (Achilles) pitch Tuesday in the Venezuelan Winter League.

The Twins also watched Santana in his debut last week. Santana tore his Achilles last June while making a comeback from his second major shoulder surgery, but he's now recovered and should be able to land a minor league deal if he proves his health and effectiveness. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported that the veteran southpaw was recently clocked at 87-89 mph during a bullpen session.
Jan 13 - 1:56 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Johan Santana (Achilles) was clocked at 87-89 mph during a bullpen session Thursday.

Santana is slated to make his Venezuelan Winter League debut Thursday. The veteran left-hander had his comeback attempt last season wrecked by a torn Achilles, but he's going to give it a go again. If Santana proves his health in winter ball, some team will give him a minor league deal.
Jan 8 - 10:16 PM

Johan Santana (Achilles) is preparing to pitch in January for Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League.

Santana tore his Achilles in June while making a comeback from his second major shoulder surgery, but he still intends to continue his playing career. Pitching in winter ball will give him the opportunity to prove his health and effectiveness. The veteran left-hander will almost certainly have to settle for an incentive-laden contract.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 02:04:00 PM

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Batters
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2Dioner Navarro
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
3Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Kevin Pillar
CF1Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
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PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Marcus Stroman
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PosRoleName
R1Miguel Castro
2Brett Cecil
3Aaron Loup
4Preston Guilmet
5Roberto Osuna
6Liam Hendriks
7Marco Estrada
8Jeff Francis