Mets officially decline Santana's option

November, 1, 2013
11/01/13
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John Munson/The Star-Ledger via USA TODAY SportsJohan Santana is now a free agent.


The Mets officially made Johan Santana a free agent Friday for the first time in the southpaw's MLB career by declining his $25 million option for 2014. Santana instead will receive a $5.5 million buyout.

Santana underwent surgery on April 2 to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Agent Chris Leible said Santana has resumed throwing a baseball and expects to be ready for next season.

While not overly likely, Mets officials say they would consider bringing Santana back on a deal with a low base salary and incentives.

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Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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