Twins confirm contact with Santana as interest in lefty grows


The Minnesota Twins remain interested in free agent lefty Johan Santana, but other teams are starting to notice him as well.

According to the Star Tribune, a source close to Santana says several teams have expressed interest recently in the two-time Cy Young winner.

The newspaper reports Twins assistant General Manager Rob Antony confirmed he spoke with Santana's agent, Peter Greenberg on Monday and the sides remain in contact.

"I haven't heard back from him," Antony told the Star Tribune. "I expressed where we are at. He said, 'I'll talk to Johan and we will get back.'"

The Twins said last week a reunion with Santana remained a possibility.

Santana is trying to return after having a second surgery on his shoulder in April. He has thrown in the bullpen twice since Feb. 7, and will throw another bullpen toward the end of this week or early next week, according to the Star Tribune. Santana could schedule a bullpen session for all interested teams as well.

The earliest Santana could be ready to pitch would be the end of May or early June.

The market for Santana is hard to determine. He has been injured frequently since leaving the Twins for the Mets in before the 2008 season.

The Twins and Orioles watched his first bullpen session earlier this month, according to the Star Tribune. While the Twins interest has continued the Orioles have signed two other starting pitchers since.

The Mets appear to have no interest in bringing Santana back, after signing Daisuke Matsuzaka to a minor league contract. As many as 12 teams though are believed to have expressed some type of interest in Santana.

Santana was 93-44 with the Twins with a 3.22 ERA during his eight seasons in a Twins uniform.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2021-10-19 at 8.11.35 PM

Watch: Marcus Foligno starts fight with a superman punch

Foligno was not messing around in the first period.

Union Gospel Mission graffiti side by side - Duluth PD

Vandals target longstanding Duluth soup kitchen, transitional housing site

Union Gospel Mission has been operating in the city since 1922.

i-94 crash st. michael - 2021.10.19

At least 1 dead after 'serious crash' on I-94 in St. Michael

That side of the highway is expected to be closed for at least a few hours.

House for sale

The crazy Twin Cities housing market is showing signs of slowing down

Agents are seeing fewer multiple offers and no inspections are less prevalent.

Ben Simmons

Simmons' reunion with 76ers lasts mere days, chance for Wolves?

Woj says the Sixers remain "steadfast" in their plans for Simmons.

mitchell ottinger

Sub teacher involved in 'sextortion' of more than 10 minors pleads guilty

Some of the minors he knew from the school district where he worked.

flickr ice castles new brighton 2020 - Greg Gjerdingen

The Ice Castles, a winter favorite, are coming back to the Twin Cities

The popular attraction was canceled last winter due to COVID.

joey meatballs

4 new vendors coming to Rosedale's POTLUCK food hall

Three restaurants and a VR company are opening soon.

flickr - Lorie Shaull - Line 3 pipeline Palisade July 2021

Enbridge misses deadline to fix its groundwater blunder

The company had 30 days to stop the leak it caused by not following its submitted plans.

wikimedia commons - the beach boys 2019 - joergens.mi

Beach Boys bringing 2021 holiday tour to Minnesota

The iconic band's "Holiday Harmonies" tour stops at Treasure Island just before the new year.