Twins potentially interested in Johan Santana

Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

The Twins have asked for their former star pitcher's medical information.

The Minnesota Twins have inquired about free agent starting pitcher Johan Santana, asking his agents to look at Santana's medical information, reports LaVelle E Neal III of the Minnesota Star-Tribune.

Santana became a free agent when the Mets bought out his $25.5 million option for 2014. New York remains interested in possibly bringing Santana back on a smaller contract, and Santana's agents have been contacted by "several teams," according to Neal.

The southpaw has missed two of the past three seasons thanks to a pair of shoulder surgeries. He struggled when healthy during the 2012 season, going 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA over 21 starts.

Ed Greenberg, one of Santana's agents, discussed the starter's current rehab with Neal, stating:

"Johan is progressing well. He's into his throwing program and is feeling good. It's still a work in progress, but is progressing as planned."

Santana could be an interesting gamble for a team willing to take on the reclamation project. He won two Cy Young awards in Minnesota, compiling a 93-44 record with a 3.22 ERA over eight seasons for the Twins.

Twins' starters had an AL-worst 5.26 ERA last season. The staff only struck out 477 batters, 221 less strikeouts than the second-worst AL team.

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