SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Orioles officially completed a Minor League deal Tuesday with free-agent pitcher Johan Santana.
Santana threw for numerous clubs -- including the Orioles-- last week and was at the team's Spring Training complex on Monday afternoon according to MLB.com and MLB Network Radio's Jim Duquette. Orioles pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez also posted a photo with Santana.
Santana is rehabbing back from his second left shoulder surgery and it would be interesting to see -- if he signs- - how the Orioles plan to use him. The lefty is still rehabbing and would be a guy they would likely keep in Florida until he gets back to form.
Santana would be an interesting move for the Orioles, who have a lot of starting pitchers but space for lefties in the bullpen. The O's are down Troy Patton, who is suspended for the first 25 games, and have a host of lefties in camp along with Brian Matusz, who is being stretched out as a starter. Santana has pitched in 360 career games, 284 starts, and is 4-2 with a 3.96 ERA in 76 relief appearances. His splits aren't that drastic, holding right-handed hitters to a .225/.281/.364 career line and lefties to .240/.293/.394.
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