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Johan Santana Signs Minor League Contract with Baltimore Orioles

Former CY Young Winner to Compete for Roster Spot with Orioles.

New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana (57) throws against the St. Louis Cardinals in the second inning of a baseball game on Friday, June 1, 2012, at Citi Field in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) -- Two-time AL Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana has agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles as he tries to come back from the second major operation on his left shoulder.

The 34-year-old left-hander became a free agent after completing a $137.5 million, six-year contract with the New York Mets, who declined a $25 million option and paid a $5.5 million buyout.

Santana, 139-78 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 seasons with Minnesota and the Mets, missed the 2011 season following shoulder surgery on Sept. 14, 2010, returned to pitch the Mets' first no-hitter on June 1, 2012, then missed last season after an operation on April 2.

The deal announced Tuesday follows Baltimore's recent agreements with right-handers Ubaldo Jimenez and Suk-min Yoon, and outfielder Nelson Cruz.


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