The Toronto Blue Jays signed pitcher Johan Santana to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training Thursday. The 35-year-old has not pitched in the major leagues since 2012 as a member of the Mets. Since then, a slew of injuries has kept Santana sidelined.
Cutting ties with the Mets following the 2012 season, Santana missed all of 2013 with a his second major shoulder surgery before signing a free agent contract with the Baltimore Orioles last offseason. However, the two-time AL Cy Young Award winner would again miss the entire season after tearing his Achilles tendon last June.
On June 1, 2012, Santana threw the first no-hitter in Mets franchise history in an 8-0 victory against the St. Louis Cardinals. The lone bright spot in his five years with the Mets, Santana arrived in New York with high hopes following eight seasons, three All-Star appearances, and two Cy Young Awards with the Minnesota Twins.
In 12 major league seasons, Santana has a career 3.20 ERA and 1,988 strikeouts in 2,025 innings pitched. Santana will join a Blue Jays roster that also features former Mets Jose Reyes and R.A. Dickey.