Orioles sign Johan Santana to minor league deal

Orioles sign Johan Santana to minor league deal
March 4, 2014, 11:30 am
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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles signed Johan Santana to a minor league contract on Tuesday. The incentive-laden contract includes an invitation to spring training.

Santana will work out with the team on Wednesday morning and speak with the media informally after that.

He is 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA in an 11-year major league career with Minnesota and the New York Mets, but hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2012.

Santana had his second shoulder surgery last year. The Orioles were one of a number of teams that watched him throw in Fort Myers, Fla. last week.

The two-time Cy Young Award winner is a four-time All-Star, and he threw a no-hitter in 2012.

There had been some speculation that Santana would be sent to Twin Lakes for rehab, but he’ll work with Chris Correnti, one of the team’s trainers, with whom he worked with in New York.

He will wear No. 57 as he has worn throughout his career. Outfielder Francisco Peguero will have to change his number.