In an article by Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, Martino writes about how Johan Santana and the Mets have not been seeing eye-to-eye. In fact the relationship has gotten so poor that the Mets front office and Santana haven’t talked for some time now according to Martino. “This is Beltran all over again.” A Mets official told Martino. Santana has cut off most communications with reporters as well. It all started when Santana came to camp out of shape and Sandy Alderson acknowledged it.
Obviously this isn’t good and can become a real distraction for a team that could really use some good news these days as well as a healthy Johan Santana. The Mets were frustrated and confused with how Santana came to camp with a weak shoulder and still wanted to pitch for Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic.
At this point it looks very likely that Santana will not be a Met in 2014 and the idea that the Mets will get a “vintage Santana” type year here in 2013, is looking less and less likely. Terry Collins is still hopeful that Santana will pitch in a spring training game this week.