I understand Johan Santana’s desire to represent his native Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic, but that doesn’t make it a good idea. And, not because I’m not crazy about the whole WBC concept.
The Mets have been burned by players being injured in the WBC before – Oliver Perez, J.J. Putz, David Wright – and who is to say the fragile Santana won’t come up lame?
Santana is currently on the WBC’s injury-disqualified list because he ended last year on the disabled list, not having pitched after Aug. 17 because of lower back problems. Even so, he wants to push this through.
Santana made his full complement of starts, 34, in 2008, his first season with the Mets, but hasn’t done so since. He didn’t pitch in 2011 following shoulder surgery and made only 21 starts (117 innings) last year.
For this, he has been paid over $100 million and will make $31 million this season (including a $5.5 million buyout for 2014). For this, he won just 46 games for the Mets and only once game them at le...