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MLB Update – The Met’s Will start the season without Johan Santana

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MLB Update While the New York Mets were planning to start the 2013 season without left-hander Johan Santana, they weren’t expecting to be without him all year. News broke Thursday from ESPNNewYork Adam Rubin that an MRI revealed the former Cy Young winner again has a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Rubin’s tweet used the word “probable.” General manager Sandy Alderson said Santana is likely to require a second surgery, which is bad news for Santana’s chances to pitch at all in 2013.

MLB UpdateWhile there may be questions as to whether Santana ever pitches again, the big news here is that the Mets will pay Santana $25.5 million while he’s sidelined, and owe him a $5.5 million buyout of the club’s option for 2014. That’s a lot of money. They’ll also need a season-long answer in the rotation, and Jeremy Hefner will get the first crack. Jonathon Niese will serve as the No. 1 starter by default.

Santana’s contract was not insured externally by the Mets, and Rubin explains why in this report.

With R.A. Dickey having been traded to Toronto over the offseason and Santana now a sure thing not to return in 2013, the Mets’ assets are likely to spent on reliable veteran starting pitching as early as this summer’s trade deadline. The club does have two young arms pushing through — Matt Harvey now, Zack Wheeler likely some time in ’13 — but Shaun Marcum is inked for just one year while Hefner and Dillon Gee aren’t necessarily candidates to eat 200 innings apiece moving forward.

Duda losing grip on left field? Andy Martino of the New York Daily News wrote that week that the “hour is getting late” for Duda, who needs to improve on his .222 Grapefruit League batting average and show more confidence at the plate. Duda did hit his third home run of the spring Monday against the Cardinals.

Jordany Valdespin could push Duda for the Mets’ starting left field job and is hitting .378 with four homers this spring, but are there concerns as to whether he can produced as an everyday player.

At this stage, the Mets are looking at a mix-and-match outfield that also includes Colin Gowgill, Marlon Byrd and Mike Baxter.

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