Showing posts with label Johan Santana. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Johan Santana. Show all posts

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Mets Rumors: Johan Santana getting closer to signing minor league contract


Mets Rumors:


According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Johan Santana is getting closer to making a decision on a minor league deal with a team.

There were reports in early December that the Mets and seven other teams have expressed some interest.

There’s been some speculation about the Twins since Santana still resides in Fort Myers, Fla., where the Twins have spring training. The Red Sox, who also train in Fort Myers, passed.

But a small-market team such as the Astros could also have some interest. Santana is just trying to get back pitching and prove himself again.

The Mets can sign Johan, but right now they are looking for some stability in the fifth starter spot. The Mets are expected to let a handful of candidates such as Jenrry Mejia, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom battle it out in camp this spring..

Number one pitching prospect Noah Syndergaard is expected to start in Triple-A Vegas in 2014 with a possibility of getting called up in late August or September.

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Mets Rumors: Mets interested in starting pitchers on one year deals


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Mets Rumors:


The Mets have been reported to have interest in starting pitchers Bartolo Colon, Freddy Garcia, Bruce Chen, John Lannan, Paul Maholm, Johan Santana, and Daisuke Matsuzaka..

The Mets have made there rounds to all of their agents to get a feel for what they are looking for. One rumor said the Mets were aggressively pursuing Arroyo with the Reds and Twins. Johan Santana has been mentioned to have eight teams interested with the Orioles and Mets to be the top suitors so far.

Sandy Alderson said this week that he is looking to add a starting pitcher, but he’s reluctant to give a multi-year deal.

Chen, Lannan, Santana and Maholm are expected to receive one-year offers this winter. However, while Colon was once being offered one year and around $7 million, he may end up with two years and close to $20 million.

Monday, December 09, 2013

Mets Rumors: Alderson says Johan Santana and Dice-K could be options for Mets


Mets Rumors:

Mets have interest in Johan Santana and Daisuke Matsuzaka

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Mets News: Mets Buyout Johan Santana's Contract and Set Him Free


Mets News:


The Mets officially made Johan Santana a free agent Friday for the first time in the southpaw's MLB career by declining his $25 million option for 2014. Santana instead will receive a $5.5 million buyout.

Santana underwent surgery on April 2 to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Agent Chris Leible said Santana has resumed throwing a baseball and expects to be ready for next season.

The Mets have said they would consider bringing Santana back on a deal with a low base salary and incentives.


Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Mets Rumors: Alderson would consider bringing back Johan Santana


Mets Rumors:


Johan Santana has already said that he plans to come back from shoulder surgery to pitch next season and yesterday Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he’s open to re-signing the left-hander after the team buys out his $25.5 million option for $5.5 million to make him a free agent.

Here’s what Alderson said during an interview with WFAN radio:

"I think that’s a possibility. 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."

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Breaking News: Official Ending - Johan Santana to have surgery Tuesday


Johan Santana will undergo surgery Tuesday to repair a torn anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder.

Team doctor David Altchek, who performed Santana's Sept. 2, 2010 anterior capsule procedure, will operate again on the southpaw.

Santana took 19 months to throw a major league pitch after the first surgery.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mets News: Johan Santana will probably miss 2013 season with shoulder injury


Mets News:

Johan Santana has suffered a probable re-tear of the anterior capsule in his pitching shoulder, which he originally had operated on in 2010.

Santana, who turned 34 earlier this month, is in the final guaranteed season of a six-year, $137.5 million with the club. He is still owed $31 million with a 2014 buyout. The contract is not insured.

Sandy Alderson said undergoing the surgery again is a "strong possibility." No pitcher is believed to have done that twice.

Santana originally underwent surgery on Sept. 2, 2010, to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder -- a rare procedure in baseball -- and finally returned to the majors last season. Although he had first-half success, including the first no-hitter in franchise history on June 1, Santana faded badly before landing on the disabled list in August.

The Mets attributed the swoon and shortened 2012 season to multiple factors: arduous rehab work the previous winter that left him worn down, an ankle injury caused when Reed Johnson stepped on Santana's ankle during a bang-bang play while the southpaw covered first base, and a lower-back injury.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Collins on Murphy, Wright, Santana, Mex on C's, Wheeler, Francisco Updates


Terry Collins said the Mets are eyeing the middle of next week to get David Wright at-bats, but caution will be the priority as the captain returns from a strained intercostal muscle on his left side.

“Each and every step is a positive with David," Collins said after Wright hit off a tee and hit flips Saturday. "We’re looking at the middle of next week for possible at-bats as we head into next weekend. Once again, I’m going to be very cautious. This guy is a huge piece. The last thing we need to do is to try to tell him he needs to rush or he needs to hurry. But we’ll see where he is in the middle of next week.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Murphy may enter a minor league game Sunday. Murphy last played in a minor league game eight days ago, logging five innings at second base, but his injured right side subsequently became tight.

“I think it’s too early to tell,” Collins said about whether Murphy could be ready for Opening Day. “A minor league game -- is he going to play four innings? Two innings? Three innings? How many at-bats is he going to get? … The last time he played in a minor league game he rushed it and he took a huge step backward. I will be the first guy in the morning to make sure he does not overdo it tomorrow.”

On Johan Santana, Collins said: "I've kind of had that feeling for a while that he's going to be very cautious getting himself back, making sure his shoulder is at the same strength it was last year when he left here. This guy started throwing last December [in 2011]. You're looking at December, January, February, March last year before he left here. And his arm was in great shape. We're starting in basically February this year. I don't necessarily think it's going to take four months, but it may take six weeks to get him where he wants to be."

Keith Hernandez, the first captain in Mets history, said he regrets wearing the "C" on his jersey to denote the role.

"I kind of liked it from the beginning," Hernandez told Newsday. "It's kind of an ego thing. But the more and more I wore it, the more it got a little bit ... it was too big."

"I wish I hadn't," Hernandez continued. "It was like a hockey 'C' instead of the smaller 'C'. But that's what they did. But [Derek] Jeter doesn't wear a 'C'. It's not necessary. Everybody knows."

Zack Wheeler pitched in a minor league intrasquad game Saturday, and the various MLB scouts who flocked to the event could not stop raving.

Wheeler was pumping fastballs with a smooth delivery at 96-98 mph, and also was flashing a curveball, slider and an occasional changeup.

"He's got four pitches," one scout observed.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Mets Outfield, Murphy DL?, Wright Running, Marcum Plan, Santana Staying Put


Mets News and Notes:

Sandy Alderson said there is no cavalry coming to the rescue in the outfield. That means it will be Lucas Duda, Collin Cowgill, Marlon Byrd, Mike Baxter and Jordany Valdespin in the outfield in some configuration to open the season in all likelihood, as long as Valdespin isn't pressed into infield duty by injuries.

"We're going to go with the guys we have," Alderson told Newsday about the outfield.

Terry Collins confirmed Friday that Byrd should be an everyday player, not in a platoon role, although Collins said he has not resolved how Byrd's time will be spread between right and center field.

"Due to his background ... we need to find out what he brings to the table, because he's got a track record of being a pretty good player, a pretty good offensive player," Collins said. "I want to see early enough what he can do."

The manager, who emphatically said at the start of camp that Duda would be his regular left fielder, was not quite as forceful as camp nears an end.

Asked if Duda remained the everyday left fielder, Collins only said Friday: "That's a possibility."

Terry Collins recently predicted that if Daniel Murphy did not enter a game by this weekend, it was virtually impossible for him to be ready by Opening Day.

Well, Collins said Murphy is not ready to enter a game Saturday. And it's becoming more likely Murphy opens the season on the disabled list than at second base at Citi Field on April 1.

Murphy played five innings in the field a week ago in a minor league game, but has not reentered a game since because stiffness surfaced. He has not had any spring-training at-bats. Murphy originally received a cortisone injection on his right side on Feb. 19 in New York for a strained intercostal muscle.

Collins said that Murphy did take batting practice Friday.

“We had a conversation this morning," the manager added. "He said, ‘I’ll be ready by Opening Day.’ I said, ‘Well, let’s talk about that next Wednesday or Thursday.’”

Friday, March 22, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Turner Back, Nieuwenhuis Back, Murphy Not, Wright Maybe?, Hefner for Santana, Niese Opening, Captain Wright


Mets News and Notes:

For the first time since spraining his right ankle Saturday, Justin Turner reappeared in a game. Two games, actually.

Turner had three at-bats in a minor league game, then delivered a pinch-hit single in the Grapefruit League contest.

Turner passed a pair of tests as far as his ankle. He doubled and scored from second in the minor league game, then went first-to-third on a single by Marlon Byrd while facing St. Louis.

“I didn’t feel it at all,” Turner said.

Turner and Kirk Nieuwenhuis (knee bruise) both are slated to again play in a minor league game Friday.

Nieuwenhuis went 1-for-2 with three walks but did not play the field Thursday against the Triple-A Springfield Cardinals.

Daniel Murphy (side) is not yet ready to enter a minor league game.

Jeremy Hefner, the rotation plug for Johan Santana, allowed two runs on five hits and three walks while striking out four in five innings. He surrendered a fourth-inning solo homer to David Freese.

“I wasn’t as sharp as I’d like to be today,” Hefner said. “They’re a real aggressive team, so I tried to throw a few more offspeed pitches early in the count. And that kind of got me behind in the count because I wasn’t getting them over for strikes.”

Jonathon Niese officially has been named the Mets' Opening Day starter.

“This guy, as we move forward, is going to be the head of this staff,” Terry Collins said.

Said Niese: “It means a lot. I’m real excited, obviously, getting this opportunity. But I’m going to treat it as any other start, just like if I’m the fifth starter, if I’m the second, third, fourth. I’m going to prepare the same and just go out and compete.”

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana not ready, D'Arnaud going to minors?, Captain America, Murphy, Nieuwenhuis, Valdespin


Mets News and Notes:

Perhaps it was stating the obvious, but Terry Collins acknowledged Wednesday that Johan Santana is “not too close” to returning to a mound.

“Each and every day we’ll see how he feels,” Collins said. “When he thinks his arm -- the strength -- is there to get on the mound and throw a bullpen, he’ll do it. But he’s the only source we have as to how he feels. We checked with him this morning and found out what he was going to do today. And tomorrow, we’ll leave tomorrow until when I see him tomorrow and see where we stand.”

Sandy Alderson acknowledged meeting with Santana earlier this week.

“Just to make sure we were on the same page,” Alderson said. “He understood from our standpoint he would be ready when he’s ready and there wouldn’t really be any further comment about it in terms of a precise date that he’d be ready to pitch. If that was clearing the air, that was clearing the air, I guess.”

Did the air need clearing?

“Not from my standpoint. Perhaps from his,” Alderson said. “Whatever purpose it served, we had a conversation.”

Travis D'Arnaud went 0-for-3 Wednesday against the Washington Nationals, but he still is hitting .261 in Grapefruit League play.

His days in camp may be numbered, though.

The Mets, like other major league teams, must ship out prospects on the 40-man roster by Friday if they want to minimize the risk to the organization.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Nieuwenhuis update, Mejia's Cutter, Hefner


Mets News and Notes:

The Mets hoped Kirk Nieuwenhuis would be back in a Grapefruit League game Wednesday. Instead, that is now targeted as the first day Nieuwenhuis is scheduled to participate in baseball activity outdoors, Terry Collins indicated.

Nieuwenhuis suffered a bone bruise to his left knee eight days ago on a slide.

Jenrry Mejia beamed after appearing in his first Grapefruit League game in two weeks. He had more to celebrate than his return from inaction after a thyroid issue.

“Now I’ve got my cutter back,” the 23-year-old right-hander said.

Ever since returning from Tommy John surgery early last season, Mejia had seemed to lose the sharp cutting action on his fastball, which once had drawn comparisons to Mariano Rivera’s movement.

Pitching coach Dan Warthen determined Mejia had started to throw too overhand since returning from surgery. So Warthen worked with Mejia over the past week, since Mejia returned from a thyroid issue, to restore a three-quarters arm angle and reinvigorate the cutter.

“I threw too on top,” Mejia said.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler Among Cuts, Santana DL?, Francisco, Valdespin, Wright


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Mets News and Notes:

Wheeler headlined a wave of cuts Sunday at Mets camp. Also dispatched to the minor league side: left-hander Darin Gorski, right-handers Gonzalez Germen, Collin McHugh, Elvin Ramirez and Hansel Robles, infielders Reese Havens and Wilfredo Tovar, and outfielders Juan Lagares and Cesar Puello. The Mets now have 45 players in major league camp.

Zack Wheeler came through a session throwing live batting practice without issue as he ramps up following a right oblique strain.

Wheeler threw 27 pitches, including a pair of pitch outs. The batters included ex-Cub Corey Patterson.

"It felt good, but my timing was off a little bit and stuff like that, so a lot of my pitches weren't crisp," Wheeler said at the Mets' complex in Port St. Lucie. "... I've only thrown two innings in a game to live batters. It's kind of different once they get up there. It's something that will come around."

Johan Santana might open the season on the disabled list and Jonathon Niese will get the Opening Day start against the San Diego Padres at Citi Field.

So the question becomes: Will Santana be ready to be activated April 7, the first time the Mets need to go to a fifth starter? Or will Jeremy Hefner plug the rotation hole for at least a few turns?

The Mets will presented Bill Parcells with an autographed Mets jersey pregame in recognition of Parcells being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

For the first time since reporting to spring training, Frank Francisco threw off a mound.

Terry Collins said the Sunday session in Port St. Lucie, Fla., appeared to go without incident.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana, Hefner, Francisco, Cut 3, Wright, Mejia, Collins on Tejada


Mets News and Notes:

Johan Santana did not join teammates for the morning workout before Saturday's game against the Houston Astros.

Sandy Alderson said Terry Collins may address the issue postgame. A team insider said there was no major setback, but thought Santana might be slowed.

Jeremy Hefner starts against the Astros, and it's not a leap to expect he likely will open the season in the rotation, with Santana on the DL.

The Mets had targeted Thursday for Santana's first Grapefruit League action.

Frank Francisco (elbow inflammation) said he now expects to throw off a mound for the first time in spring training on Sunday.

Travis d'Arnaud, who was struck below the right elbow with a pitch Friday, participated in the full morning workout and said he was fine.

The Mets have made their first cuts of spring training, dispatching right-handers Cory Mazzoni and Rafael Montero and catcher Juan Centeno to minor league camp.

Mazzoni, a second-round pick in 2011 from NC State, started the Grapefruit League season quickly with five scoreless innings over his first two appearances. Overall, he finished with a 3.38 ERA in eight innings.

Montero, who split last season in Class A between Savannah and St. Lucie, made two appearances spanning four innings. He had a 4.50 ERA and allowed six hits and no walks with one strikeout.

Centeno was 0-for-1. He appeared in two Grapefruit League games.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Wheeler, Francisco, Santana, Davis, Francisco, Wright, Byrd, Valdespin


Mets News and Notes:

Zack Wheeler said he came through a 30-pitch bullpen session feeling OK, although he noted he was not throwing full throttle.

Wheeler was on top of a mound for the first time since being scratched eight days earlier with a right oblique strain.

"Honestly, today is probably the first day that it's 100 percent," Wheeler said. "Leading up to this day, it was getting better every day. So I expected it. I'll continue to get treatment for it probably throughout spring training -- a little preventitive thing.

"That was the first time on the mound in -- what -- a week, a week and a half, whatever it is? I was throwing 70, 75 percent. I let a few of them go just to see how it feels. It felt good."

Frank Francisco said he aims to step on a mound Saturday for the first time in camp.

Francisco, who has been battling elbow inflammation, long tossed at distances up to 130 feet Thursday morning.

"I just feel like I've got to get my strength -- throw a little more maybe, get my power back," Francisco said. "I feel like I'm not loose yet, like I don't have power, my whole body. I feel like I don't have my release point yet. That takes a while."

He remains likely to open the season on the disabled list, but the absence may be limited to the first six days of the season because of backdating rules.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana/Wheeler Throwing, Murphy Near?, Mejia, Feliciano, Marcum, Hawkins, Santana to open season on DL?


Mets News and Notes:

According to Adam Rubin of ESPN NYJohan Santana and Zack Wheeler threw on flat ground Wednesday side by side. Santana then stepped on the mound for the second time since resuming that type of activity.

Santana's session was not intense. Pitching coach Dan Warthen served as his catcher. Santana also went through fielding drills, with instructor Al Jackson hitting him comebackers.

Wheeler (oblique strain) threw on flat ground for the second straight day.

Daniel Murphy, who has yet to appear in a Grapefruit League game, is nearing game action.

Murphy has started swinging in a batting cage and only needs to take full batting practice before entering games.

He received a cortisone injection in New York for a strained intercostal muscle on his right side on Feb. 19.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Santana's Stunt, Wheeler Ready?, Nieuwenhuis' Knee


Mets News and Notes:

Johan Santana unexpectedly had hopped on a mound Sunday for the first time since Feb. 19, which pitching coach Dan Warthen subsequently suggested may have been motivated by public criticism of Santana’s pitching shape.

Said Collins: “I asked, ‘What did you get on the mound for?’ And he said, ‘Because I felt good.’ And I said, ‘It was unnecessary.’”

Collins nonetheless said Santana appeared to get through the activity fine.

While the Mets will not rule out Opening Day, Santana may end up opening the season later in the rotation or on the DL. Santana would need to ramp up quickly -- getting only three starts -- in order to be ready for April 1.

Said Collins: “I said, ‘The last thing I need is to have you wake up tomorrow stiff and then we take a huge step backward because you wanted to show everybody you’re OK. I understand what you’re doing, but once in a while you’ve just got to let stuff slide away. You’ve just got to let it roll off your back and move on and get yourself ready.’

“And he knew that. He’s a pro. But you guys have told me more than I’ve told you about what a competitor he is. And that’s the perfect example of it. … In retrospect, he knows he would have handled it a little bit differently. But he’s fine, and he wanted to show everybody he was fine.

“I just said, ‘Look, we’re going to do this the right way. We’re not going to hurt you. We’re not going to get you injured. I don’t care how upset you are about things, we’re going to do this the proper way. And April 1 is only a date on the calendar. It doesn’t mean anything if you’re not ready.’”

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Nieuwenhuis, Santana


Mets News and Notes:

Kirk Nieuwenhuis was headed for a doctor’s examination after suffering a left-knee injury sliding into second base on a steal in the seventh inning of Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Miami Marlins.

Nieuwenhuis downplayed the injury, hoping it was only a “bad bruise.” But he slammed his helmet upon reaching the dugout and needed a cart to be transported from the dugout to the visitors’ clubhouse beyond the outfield wall after the inning.

“I probably could have limped, but it would have taken me a while,” said Nieuwenhuis, who could barely bend the knee postgame.

Nieuwenhuis said he thought his knee ligaments were intact, although Terry Collins said there appeared to be some looseness in the knee.

“It was on the slide,” Nieuwenhuis said. “I just hit it on something. Hopefully it’s just a bad bruise. When I went to go take my lead, it just kind of buckled a little bit, but I think the ligaments are OK. I haven’t seen a doctor yet, but I think I just have got a bad bruise. … I don’t think it’s that bad.”

Said Collins: “It was kind of giving away a little bit, so we’ll have him looked at when we get back.”

A day after Sandy Alderson suggested it could be 10 days until Johan Santana stepped on a mound, the southpaw decided to do so Sunday morning. Santana's light session was his first mound activity since Feb. 19.

The development comes after Mets officials had started to grouse about Santana arriving at camp with his arm shape unprepared.

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Horowright, Hawkins, Santana, Parnell, Murphy, Feliciano


Mets News and Notes:
Photo courtesy, ESPN NY

Before departing for the WBC on Saturday, David Wright stopped by the complex and got PR man Jay Horwitz to slip into the third baseman's uniform. The idea came from an early morning tweet from @Jay_HorwitzPR, who wrote: "Now that David Wright has left for WBC, thinking of dressing up in his uniform today. Will anyone know the difference? Look about the same."

LaTroy Hawkins, who has yet to appear in a game for the Mets, is slated to enter Grapefruit League play during the upcoming week.

Hawkins, 40, cited the long spring training as the reason he has not been pitching in spring-training games since those started a week ago. He said he will get into games at a date comparable to past spring trainings.

"Spring training really starts this week coming up," Hawkins said. "That's the way I've always done it. The whole extra week we have for the WBC, I don't think I'd go for pitching a week's more games just because the WBC is starting."

Hawkins, a right-handed reliever, went 2-3 with a 3.64 ERA in 48 relief appearances for the Los Angeles Angels last season. In 42 innings, he allowed 45 hits and 13 walks while striking out 23.

Hawkins is on a minor league deal, but is a sound bet to make the team. He said he felt no particular urgency to get into games from the outset to impress his new employer and soldify a spot.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mets News and Notes: Feliciano, Wheeler, Beltran, d'Arnaud, Murphy, Baxter, Santana, Francisco


Mets News and Notes:

Sandy Alderson confirmed Pedro Feliciano's Twitter pronouncement that the southpaw can resume baseball activity while an evaluation of his heart continues.

"Pedro will wear the monitor for the next two weeks, but he has been cleared to resume baseball activity during that time," Alderson Said..

Zack Wheeler predicted he would be ready to pitch in his next Grapefruit League assignment on schedule, but it's hard to fathom the Mets giving him that opportunity.

Given the length of time remaining in spring training and the importance of Wheeler to the franchise, the Mets will conservatively treat Wheeler's right oblique strain, which has been labeled "mild" by Sandy Alderson.

"No question," Terry Collins said. "He said he could even pitch today. He said, 'I could have pitched.' And I said, 'No, there's no sense in pushing it.'

"We're not even to March yet. [Pitching coach] Dan [Warthen] brought up the other day that this time last year we were throwing batting practice. I said, 'You've got a long time. Just make sure you get your treatment."

Carlos Beltran announced that he thought the Mets were winners in the trading-deadline deal two years ago that sent him to San Francisco for Zack Wheeler.

“It worked out better for them,” Beltran said, referring to the Mets as the winners. “I thought we were going to go to the playoffs and it didn’t happen. But it is what it is. I took the chance of going to the team that was fighting for a playoff spot and it didn’t work out for me. But it worked out for the Mets.”

Still, Beltran was complimentary about their brief pregame meeting and Zach Wheeler’s upside.

“All I’ve heard is he’s a good prospect,” Beltran said. “He has good stuff. I mean, he’s a young guy. I think they’ve got the people here to mold him to be the pitcher he can be for the organization -- the ace that they’re looking for.”

The Mets have decided catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud is too valuable to be blocking the plate. Terry Collins said he met with the 24-year-old d'Arnaud on Wednesday to relay the organization's preference and reasoning.

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