Santana likely done for the season, career in serious jeopardy

Posted: March 28, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCAU5LIB3

In a conference call on SNY Thursday evening, Mets GM Sandy Alderson said he believes that LHP Johan Santana has a tear in the anterior capsule in his left shoulder. This would be the second time this has happened to Santana in as many 2 ½ years. “A second surgery is a strong possibility,” Alderson said. “Johan may be lost to the Mets for the season.” Very few pitchers have ever had this injury and none have come back to have the same success as before.

Pitchers such as Chien Ming-Wang and Chris Young have also had this surgery with middling success.  In fact Santana was probably the most successful of any pitcher who had this injury. No pitcher has ever had this injury before and Santana’s career could possibly be over. His Met career is definitely over.imagesCADQ3WP8

Santana will be remembered for his no-hitter last year on June 1st, 2012 vs. the Cardinals and his gritty 3-hit shutout vs. the Marlins with a torn meniscus in September of 2008. If the Mets had one the game the next day and made the playoffs, I bet we have more of a glowing memory of Santana. He gave his all to the Mets but unfortunately, the Mets paid a pitcher $137.5 million for the second half of his career and that was a mistake.

The Mets would have been better off making the Santana trade and not signing him to a contract extension, instead let him play as a Met in 2008 (his only fully healthy season in Queens) and then let him be someone else’s problem in free agency. Never pay players 100 million plus for the second half of their careers.

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Are the Mets on the hook for Santan’a 2013 salary? Mike

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