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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
Contract: view contract details

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Johan Santana's agent, Peter Greenberg, said Monday that his client still intends to pursue a comeback for the 2016 season.
Santana's comeback attempts with the Orioles and Blue Jays the last two seasons didn't work out. The veteran left-hander hasn't pitched in the majors since 2012 because of shoulder issues and also an Achilles tear. Some team will probably give him another shot this winter on a minor league deal, but his odds of pitching in the majors again, never mind being effective, are long. Santana will turn 37 in March. Nov 9 - 9:02 PM

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that Johan Santana will suspend his comeback attempt until the 2016 season.

The 36-year-old left-hander has been dealing with a toe infection hasn't pitched in the big leagues since the 2012 season. He signed a minor league deal with the Blue Jays in February but has not yet been able to make it back to the mound.
Jun 27 - 1:38 PM

Scott McArthur of TSN reports that Johan Santana is not expected to opt out of his deal with the Blue Jays.

The veteran southpaw has an opt-out date approaching on April 28, but McArthur notes that Santana's preference is to remain with the organization and continue his rehab. There's still no clear timetable for when he may be ready for game action.
Apr 23 - 9:01 PM

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

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

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.
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

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