New York Mets lefthander Johan Santana remains “bitter” toward the team and is “barely communicating” with team officials, the New York Daily News reports. Santana is upset about the recent comments from team officials that he reported to camp out of shape and not ready to pitch this spring. Santana, 34, is entering the final season of his six-year, $137.5 million contract and will earn $25.5 million this season. His tenure in New York has been injury-plagued, as the lefthander has made 30 starts only once. Santana missed the entire 2011 season after shoulder surgery, and he didn’t pitch after Aug. 17 last season because of a back problem. In 21 starts last season, Santana went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 117 innings. He threw the first no-hitter in franchise history on June 1 but was far less effective (3-7, 8.27 ERA in 10 starts) and less healthy after that 134-pitch effort. Santana was penciled in as the Mets’ opening day starter after they traded R.A. Dickey, the reigning NL Cy Young Award winner, to the Toronto Blue Jays this past offseason. But soon after Santana reported to camp, the team announced he wouldn’t make his first scheduled Grapefruit League start and might not be ready for the start of the regular season.
Johan Santana upset with Mets officials
Sporting News | Mar 12