The Mets are looking to bolster their rotation this winter and they may not have to dig too far into their rolodex for some help. In an interview with WFAN today, GM Sandy Alderson said that he wouldn’t rule out bringing Johan Santana back to New York this winter.
“I think that’s a possibility,” Alderson said, according to Matt Ehalt of ESPNNewYork.com. “I don’t really know what Johan’s thinking. We’ll talk to him, I’m sure, over the next couple of weeks but I think he wants to pitch. We’ll just have to see what the market is for these guys and how much of our resources we want to allocate to somebody coming off injury or somebody you hope was able to pitch for you at a higher level.“
Santana is coming off of a year in which he made $25.5MM with the Mets despite not throwing a single major league pitch thanks to a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. There was speculation after the injury that the 34-year-old might call it a career, but he has since indicated a desire to return to baseball. Santana spent six seasons in Queens but only pitched in four, posting a 3.18 ERA with 7.6 K/9 and 2.5 BB/9.