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O's about to sign Santana to minor league deal

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Reading that the O's are looking at a minor league deal for Johan Santana and the ink is drying on the document.

 

Thoughts?

 

 

 

A team official confirmed that Santana was here, and a source said a minor league deal is almost completed.

Santana, 34, hasn't pitched since 2012 due to surgery last April to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder. This was his second such procedure.

The Orioles were among seven teams that watched him throw last week. A report in the New York Post stated that Santana's fastball was sitting 77-78 miles per hour while topping out at 81.

The Orioles likely would assign him to minor league camp at Twin Lakes Park.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner is 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 major league seasons.

 

http://www.masnsports.com/school_of_roch/2014/03/johan-santana-and-game-updates.html

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Probably not much hope he can contribute, but why not take a look just in case? 

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DD never stops working. Johan will most likely turn out to be another Garcia, but what the heck. 

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Zero risk. I like the potential move.

What he said. Worse comes to worse we can see what he can do without a lot of money. It's not like they need him for the rotation as of right now

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Kudos to Peter A for this signing. He's doing his part to make sure my 2014 prediction comes true.

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There is no clear timetable for Santana’s return, but he could return by June, according to an industry source.

 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bal-johan-santana-spotted-at-orioles-facility-20140303,0,644536.story#ixzz2v02cZqa8

I didn't realize he isn't going to be ready until June. it's still worth it.

 

I wondered for a minute if he might not be a possible closer candidate. but then I realized how difficult it is for starters to become closers. starters are use to going out and getting their bearings. maybe you give up a couple of hits/runs, no biggie, because you have 5 more innings to fix things. closers need to be on point from the first pitch.    

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I didn't realize he isn't going to be ready until June. it's still worth it.

 

I wondered for a minute if he might not be a possible closer candidate. but then I realized how difficult it is for starters to become closers. starters are use to going out and getting their bearings. maybe you give up a couple of hits/runs, no biggie, because you have 5 more innings to fix things. closers need to be on point from the first pitch.    

He doesn't and probably won't have the stuff to be a closer.

There is a good chance that he won't be more than a lefty middle reliever.

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He doesn't and probably won't have the stuff to be a closer.

There is a good chance that he won't be more than a lefty middle reliever.

I agree. 

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If the guy comes back healthy and still has the strength, even with slightly diminished velocity, he certainly knows how to pitch. He's a plus as long as he isn't in the way of some young guys.

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Well- he's a heck of a guitar player! Guess he'll be playing the national anthem opening day!

 

Oh wrong Santana!

 

If he has anything left, he could be a help.

 

Little downside, can help the young latin pitchers in camp.

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If he can someone regain some of his velocity(maybe get back to the high 80's), he could still be effective with the kind of change up he has.  If nothing else, I hope he'll show some of the young pitchers in the farm system how to throw the pitch. 

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"All in for 14" Do you guys remember how O's fan were going insane about our FA situtaiton two months ago? Now they seem to have one of best FA winters in years, since the 90's at least.

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"All in for 14" Do you guys remember how O's fan were going insane about our FA situtaiton two months ago? Now they seem to have one of best FA winters in years, since the 90's at least.

About your avatar, I never heard of a football team named after a girl. What league does Chelsea play in?

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About your avatar, I never heard of a football team named after a girl. What league does Chelsea play in?

lol, I have heard of a state named after a girl on the eastern seaboard tho. A little hint of misogyny there, amigo?

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