According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the New York Yankees, San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays and a couple other teams are considering the possibility of signing free-agent left-handed pitcher Johan Santana.
yankees, jays, padres among half dozen teams considering johan santana, who’s planning to start thursday for magallanes
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) January 20, 2015
The Texas Rangers (per Gerry Fraley of Dallas News) and the Seattle Mariners (per Bob Dutton of The News Tribune) have also checked in on the 35-year-old left-hander, as they have scouted some of his outings over the last month with the Magallanes, the team he pitches for in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Having not pitched in the majors since August of 2012 with the New York Mets, Santana was ready to make his comeback official when he was almost ready to return to the majors with the Baltimore Orioles, before he tore his Achilles tendon in his left foot in extended spring training last season, ending his season.
Darren Wolfson of KSTP Sports (ABC) has reported that he currently already has one official offer in hand, which is not from the Minnesota Twins, his former team that he opened up his major-league career with.
Over his twelve-year major-league career with the Twins and Mets, Santana has pitched to a 139-78 record, along with a 3.20 ERA, 79 ERA+, 4.09 FIP and a 1.333 WHIP in 2025 and 2/3 innings pitched over 360 games pitched (284 starts). His best season came back in 2004 with the Twins, where he went 20-6 with a 2.61 ERA in 228 innings pitched over 34 starts. The 2004 season was also Santana’s first full season in the starting rotation, which happened to be the first of two Cy Young awards, with the other coming in 2006, in his career.