Reports: Johan Santana signs minor league deal with Orioles
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The Johan Santana reunion dream appears to have died.
Santana agreed to a minor league deal with the Orioles, according to multiple national reports.
Orioles announce minor league deal with Johan Santana.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 4, 2014
#Orioles make Johan signing official. Minor league deal. Spring invite— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) March 4, 2014
The Twins had continued to send scouts following Santana's recovery from multiple arm surgeries.
Santana threw a bullpen Feb. 25, and the Twins had multiple scouts in attendance.
The two-time Cy Young winner likely won't be ready to return until mid-summer at the earliest, so it's a bit of a gamble for the Orioles. But on a minor league contact - even without knowing the full terms of the contract - it's probably low risk.
UPDATE (11:35 A.M.): Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the deal includes a $3 million base salary and an opt-out date at the end of May.
Johan Santana's minor lge deal with #Orioles: $3M base in MLB, $5.05M available in bonuses. 5/30 opt-out date— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) March 4, 2014
The former Twins lefty turns 35 on March 13.