Orioles Sign Former Mets Pitcher
Written by Brian Krosky
Johan Santana, the only pitcher in Met’s history to throw a no-hitter, has signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles. Santana, who was declined a $25 million team option for this season in November, posted a 46-34 record with the Mets and maintained a 3.18 ERA.
The deal is for one year, $3 million if he makes the 40-man roster with a max out at $5.05 million after total incentives.
The Orioles recently signed veteran pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to a four year, $50-million contract, and have former #4 overall pick Dylan Bundy, whom they drafted in the first round in 2011, moving up in the farm system and possibly hitting the MLB this year.
After a surprising 2012 season in which they won 93 games and clinched a playoff berth, the Orioles regressed last year and finished tied for 3rd in the AL East with the New York Yankees at 85 wins.
With a plethora of power at the plate, including first baseman Chris Davis who hit 53 home runs last year, and young uprising throwers coming up in the Farm System, the Orioles have added veteran depth in the off-season, and that is where Johan fits in
If the Orioles decide not hold on to him, he can earn $100,000 if they decide to release him before March
After signing a massive six-year $137.5 million contract with the New York Mets in the 2007-2008 offseason, Santana only averaged eighteen starts over six years. He missed the entirety of the 2011 and 2013 seasons, both because ofleft shoulder injuries.
Santana, in his twelve years in the MLB, has gone 139-78 and has posted a 3.20 ERA.