There are reportedly as many as eight teams interested in starter Johan Santana, with the New York Yankees being one of them. The Yankees have been known to throw money at veteran pitchers in an attempt to take a chance on striking gold. With that being said, is it worth it for New York to give the injury-prone Santana an opportunity in the Bronx?
Santana missed the entire 2013 Major League Baseball season after he underwent surgery to repair a torn shoulder capsule. Prior to that, he struggled mightily in 2012, with the exception of the first no-hitter in New York Mets history. He posted a 6-9 record with a 4.85 earned run average and 111 strikeouts in 117 innings.
One would have to look back to the 2010 season for a time in which Santana performed at a high-level. Truth be told, he was lights out for a very long time, which means the Yankees could be thinking there’s a chance for him to rebound and reach that level once again.
However, I believe it’s more likely that the 34-year-old is in a downward trend and that his best days are behind him. For that reason, I can’t imagine it would be a good idea for New York to ink a deal with the left-hander.
The only way I could see it happening is if the contract is such a low-risk that the Yankees would be better off at least giving him a shot, especially with the size of their payroll. Not to mention, New York needs to upgrade their starting rotation in order to be effective in 2014, which means adding Santana at the backend wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world.