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Johan Santana | Starting Pitcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (39) / 3/13/1979
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 208
Bats / Throws: Left / Left

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Johan Santana said Friday that he's "not officially retired."
"I'm still thinking about trying to come back," Santana said at TwinsFest, where it was announced that he was elected to the Twins' Hall of Fame. "Only time will tell." Santana, who turns 39 in March, hasn't pitched anywhere since 2012 due to multiple shoulder injuries and a torn Achilles. Jan 19 - 2:53 PM

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Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that Johan Santana will pitch winter ball in Venezuela.

Santana is still holding out hope that he might draw a contract from a major league team for 2017. There was a similar hope last spring, too, as FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported in April that the 37-year-old southpaw was aiming for a 2016 midseason return to major league action. Santana ultimately did not garner a contract during the 2016 season. He last pitched in the bigs during the 2012 campaign, turning in a 4.85 ERA over the course of 117 innings. Even if he does draw a major league contract in the coming months, there is no fantasy upside with the two-time Cy Young winner at this juncture of his career.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 05:04:00 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that Johan Santana is aiming for a midseason return to the majors.

Santana hasn't seen big league action since 2012. Per Heyman, he is considering a team that would provide him a level of familiarity and comfort -- the Twins or Mets would fit that bill. He did not pitch for another club in his 12 seasons in the majors. The 37-year-old won the AL Cy Young in 2004 and 2006. He held a 4.85 ERA over 117 innings in that aforementioned 2012 season.
Wed, Apr 13, 2016 05:30:00 PM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports Johan Santana is in the early stages of a throwing program.

If all goes well, Santana could be game-ready by midseason. Santana has gone the comeback route before without much success. He was on the Blue Jays' roster last year but didn't appear in any games because of a toe infection. The 37-year-old hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2012.
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 11:54:00 AM

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.
Mon, Nov 9, 2015 09:02:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 01:38:00 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.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 09:01:00 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.
Tue, Mar 3, 2015 08:48:00 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.
Fri, Feb 27, 2015 11:04:00 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.
Thu, Feb 26, 2015 06:06:00 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.
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 06:35:00 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.
Tue, Jan 27, 2015 02:37:00 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.
Thu, Jan 22, 2015 10:40:00 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.
Wed, Jan 21, 2015 10:41:00 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.
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 02:31:00 PM

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