Johan Santana will most likely be the opening day starter
for the New York Mets considering they shipped R.A. Dickey off to Toronto this
offseason. Even though the two-time Cy Young Award winner will be taking the mound
for opening day that doesn’t mean that he will finish the year with the Mets.
Bob Klapisch of the Record seems to think that the Mets will
be looking to move Santana a couple months into the season. The Mets were
looking at the future by sending R.A. Dickey to Toronto, and everyone knows
that both Dickey and Santana are not young pups anymore so it would seem to
make sense for the Mets to try to sell the left-hander to the highest bidder.
What is also well known is Santana’s trouble with his
health, as he’s had a long history of injuries and there is no doubt that a team
will want to be 100% sure that he’s healthy before they pull the trigger on a
Santana will be making $25.5 million this year with an option for 2014 so
this makes him a very intriguing candidate for a trade. This makes the
beginning of the season very important for both Santana and the Mets; if he can
produce at a high level this could work out well for both parties.
Santana finished off the first three months with a 6-4 record with his ERA in all
those months being under 3.09. Considering what kind of team is formed in New
York, these numbers are pretty good. Johan Santana very well could be pitching
for another team at some point in 2013.
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