The Mets will likely buyout Santana's contract for 2014 at $5.5 million, as opposed to keeping him for $25 million.
Santana missed all of 2013 after having a second surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. It has been more than a year since he pitched in a big-league game, yet reports indicate he intends to play in 2014.
"I don't really know what Johan's thinking," Alderson told WFAN. "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."
It seems to me there is an opening here to work out a deal that includes his option money and maybe even make it a two-year deal. I love Johan, I'd bet on his work ethic and creativity every day of the week, and I'd love to see him back getting a chance to save his career in front of Mets fans. But, I've heard he may be looking for a clean start. It's not like he's going to break the bank, so it's most important that he get with a team with a great rehab facility and the opportunity to pitch. If that's the Mets, terrific. If not, and he choose to go some place else, I totally understand.