New York Mets: Will Johan Santana Ever be the Same Again?

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New York Mets: Will Johan Santana Ever be the Same Again?
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When the 2011 season began, the Mets were expecting Johan Santana to be ready by the start of the second half.

However, as the months went on, Santana's return kept getting delayed. By the middle of September, it was clear that Santana was not going to be pitching at all during the 2011 season. Being that Santana is currently the Mets' highest paid player, it's very unfortunate that the team could not do much with him.

Santana now has two years and $49.5 million combined left on his contract, plus an additional club option for 2014. Being that the Mets' current rotation has been rather inconsistent in the past few years, it's critical that Santana is healthy and pitches well for the next two seasons for the Mets to have any chance of contending.

Prior to the 2009 season, Santana was one of the best pitchers in baseball and had a pretty good track record in regards to his health. However, since 2009, Santana has had various injuries and has not performed as well as he usually has.

In 2012, Santana could return and pitch like he did during his two Cy Young seasons that he had as a member of the Twins. However, at the rate of his current track record, Santana could also have more injuries and not pitch as well as the Mets expect him to. Hopefully, for the sake of the Mets, their fans, and Santana himself, he can have a great comeback season in 2012.

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