I think this may actually be a good idea, if it can be arranged after the tenuous relationship between Alderson and Santana last season. Picking Santana back up plugs a starter in your rotation who, if healthy, will compete every time he steps on the mound. Even assuming he's dropped a few MPH off of his fastball that will never return, I have faith enough in Santana as a thinking pitcher to see what he has left in the tank. This becomes even more true when weighed against your other options: Daisuke Matsuzaka proved a disaster last season with the Mets, and he may be the best of the bunch left in the Met price range. Looking at starters who will accept short, incentive laden contracts, Santana has the highest ceiling for the short term.It has left the Mets looking toward more realistic options — one of which could be Johan Santana, who is recovering from a second surgery to repair the anterior capsule in his left shoulder.According to a source, Alderson has expressed interest in Santana with the idea of potentially signing him to a low-base, high-incentive deal. The 34-year-old lefty received a $5.5 million buyout last month on the final year of the $137.5 million contract he signed with the Mets before the 2008 season.But Alderson isn’t alone in his interest: The Orioles and Twins are among the handful of teams that have been linked to Santana.
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Braves tagged him for 8 runs in an inning and a third, knocked him out of the game. Effing Mets.
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