Blue Jays sign Santana to minor-league deal

Johan Santana pitched a no-hitter for the New York Mets in 2012. (AP photo by Kathy Kmonicek)

Johan Santana pitched a no-hitter for the New York Mets in 2012. (AP photo by Kathy Kmonicek)

LHP Johan Santana took a step forward in his comeback attempt Thursday by signing a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Santana hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2012, when he went 6-9 with a 4.85 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 117 IP for the New York Mets. He is a two-time Cy Young Award winner (2004 and 2006 with the Minnesota Twins), but hasn’t consistently pitched effectively since 2010 because of various injuries. He turns 35 on March 13.

Santana pitched for two different Midwest League teams when he was a Houston Astros farmhand. He pitched in 29 MWL games — two with the Quad City River Bandits in 1998 and 27 with the Michigan Battle Cats in 1999. He collectively went 8-9 with a 4.85 ERA and 156 strikeouts in 167 IP.

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