Johan Santana to Start Season Opener
The New York Mets are apparently pleased enough with the progress of their ace starter to let him start opening day.
Johan Santana, a 2-time Cy Young award winner with the Minnesota Twins, was acquired by the Mets prior to the 2008 season and signed to an extension through 2013. At first, it looked like the move was gonna pay off for New York, with Santana winning the 2008 ERA title and finishing third in the NL Cy Young race. However, injuries limited him to under 30 starts in both 2009 and 2010, with him missing the entire 2011 season.
The Mets, who cut payroll to under 100 million for this season, would love nothing more than to deal Santana but they would likely have to absorb a major portion of the 55 million dollars remaining on his contract, especially considering his past. Naturally the Mets will hope for a big first half from Santana and a collapse from Hiroki Kuroda, Michael Pineda, Ivan Nova, and the like.