Sunday, November 16, 2014

Johan Santana is a Free Agent Again

Somewhere in a corner of a room Johan Santana is screaming at his television watching MLB Network yelling "remember me?" Yes Johan, I remember you and I remember that you are a free agent once again for the 2015 season. Do you remember Santana?

Johan came to camp after a second torn shoulder capsule, which the first one usually ends a pitcher's career, looking to latch on with a team on a minor league deal. Johan came out of the gates and showcased for teams throwing 81 MPH with the fastball but the Bugs Bunny changeup was still considered very impressive. This was in February though while the original diagnosis called for him to not be 100% until April, 2014 so the velocity should not be as big of a concern as it appears when you see a small number like 81 MPH. 

The last time Santana was on a major league mound was when he threw the first New York Mets "no hitter" in the franchise's history way back in 2012. Johan rehabbed and latched on with the Baltimore Orioles last year before rupturing his Achilles tendon and losing his 2014 season. 

I truly believe the Yankees should bring in Santana on a minor league deal and move him to the bullpen. Let him work with Tyler Webb, Manny Banuelos, Jacob Lindgren, etc. and let him teach them that changeup. 

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