|Johan Santana: On the shelf since|
And good luck to him. While emotionally I will probably always want Santana to return to the Twins, the news last week that he could barely break 80 mph during a bullpen session convinced me that he and the 2014 Twins are not a good fit.
The upside to Santana is the possibility that, with continued rehab on his post-surgical shoulder, he might be an effective pitcher in the second half of the season. (There is a greater likelihood that continued rehab on his post-surgical shoulder will still leave him without sufficient velocity, but a minor-league deal represents minimal risk for the team.)
If and when the Twins need to swap out a rotation piece in the second half, their preference should be to give one of the prospects a shot. Alex Meyer. Trevor May. Kyle Gibson. They represent the future, and Santana is a piece of the past. A beloved piece of the past, but still ...
Santana can't serve this year as a placeholder for the kids, and he's certainly not some to rely on for future seasons. He makes more sense for Baltimore, which holds ambitions of a playoff run this year.