Mar 29, 2013, 11:22 AM EDT
Well, at least Roy Halladay is still physically capable of pitching. *knock on wood*
Anyway, remember the Mets? They were the team we hated before the Expos moved to D.C. last spring.
According to multiple reports out of New York by way of Port St. Lucie, Fla — we’ll go with the Daily News — two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana “finds his career in serious jeopardy after suffering a probable retear of the anterior capsule in his left shoulder.” The injury is the same one that caused him to miss the entire 2011 season.
Via the NYT: The 34-year-old “will probably spend the season rehabilitating a new tear in his pitching
shoulder, which Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson disclosed in a
conference call Thursday evening.”
This now marks the third season that the Mets have lost a starting
pitcher for the remainder season — Santana (2011), Mike Pelfrey (2012),
Santana (2013) — before they could even make it out of the month of April. (Santana actually underwent the first surgery in Sept. 2010 and still missed all of the following season.)
Bit of history, Santana signed a six-year, 137.5 million with the Mets in 2008, following a trade from Minnesota. His 2012 salary of $24 million made him the second-highest-paid player in baseball last year, behind only Alex Rodriguez ($29 mil). The DN says the Mets still owe Santana $31.5 million, which appears to be his 2013 salary ($25.5 mil) plus the buyout on his 2014 team-option plus another 500K from somewhere.
Why do we care? We’ll let the NY Daily News take care of that:
The news marks a painful end to a Mets career that began with only
excitement and promise. After the team suffered a historic divisional
collapse in 2007, blowing a seven-game lead over the Philadelphia
Phillies with 17 to play, then-GM Omar Minaya executed a trade for one
of baseball’s top pitchers.
Minaya obtained Santana from Minnesota on Feb. 2, 2008, for Carlos
Gomez, Phil Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey, and subsequently
signed the lefty to a long-term contract. Intended as the final piece of
a championship team, Santana pitched well during his first three years
with the team, but hasn’t seen the playoffs in New York.
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