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The Mets' Johan Santana returns to the dugout after retiring the Chicago Cubs in the first inning. (Apr. 22, 2010)

Johan Santana

The Mets acquired ace lefthander Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Philip Humber, Deolis Guerra and Kevin Mulvey on Feb. 1, 2008.
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Mets GM Sandy Alderson expects Johan Santana to
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Mets GM Sandy Alderson expects Johan Santana to be ready for the start of the season. (Feb. 25, 2011)

Undate photo of Mets pitcher Johan Santana during
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Undate photo of Mets pitcher Johan Santana during his rehab session to repair his left throwing shoulder in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Undated photo of Mets pitcher Johan Santana at
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Undated photo of Mets pitcher Johan Santana at Citi Field.

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Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana acknowledges the crowd
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Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana acknowledges the crowd after pitching a complete game shutout to defeat the Colorado Rockies, 4-0. (Aug. 12, 2010)

Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana throws in the
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Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana throws in the top of the ninth inning. The Mets defeated the Rockies, 4-0. (Aug. 12, 2010)

New York Mets starter Johan Santana delivers to
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New York Mets starter Johan Santana delivers to the Atlanta Braves during the second inning. (Sept. 2, 2010)

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana delivers against
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New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana delivers against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday Aug. 22, 2010, in Pittsburgh.

Mets pitcher Johan Santana singles in the bottom
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Mets pitcher Johan Santana singles in the bottom of the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies. (Aug. 12, 2010)

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Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana is congratulated by
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Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana is congratulated by manager Jerry Manuel after pitching a shutout to defeat the Colorado Rockies, 4-0, at Citi Field. (Aug. 12, 2010)

Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana acknowledges the crowd
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Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana acknowledges the crowd after pitching a complete game shutout to defeat the Colorado Rockies, 4-0. (Aug. 12, 2010)

New York Mets' Johan Santana, left, greets Jose
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New York Mets' Johan Santana, left, greets Jose Reyes after the baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Citi Field in New York. The Mets beat the Rockies, 4-0. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel, left, greets
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New York Mets manager Jerry Manuel, left, greets Johan Santana after a 4-0 win against the Colorado Rockies. (Aug. 12, 2010)

New York Mets' pitcher Johan Santana acknowledges the
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New York Mets' pitcher Johan Santana acknowledges the crowd after the end of the baseball game against the Colorado Rockies Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Citi Field in New York. The Mets beat the Rockies, 4-0.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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New York Mets' Johan Santana pitches during the
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New York Mets' Johan Santana pitches during the seventh inning of the baseball game Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010, at Citi Field in New York. The Mets beat the Rockies, 4-0. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Mets starter Johan Santana delivers to the Atlanta
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Mets starter Johan Santana delivers to the Atlanta Braves during the first inning, Monday. (Aug. 2, 2010)

Johan Santana is taken out of the game
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Johan Santana is taken out of the game by Manager Jerry Manuel in sixth inning after Cardinals Matt Holliday hit an RBI double. (July 28, 2010)

Mets' pitcher Johan Santana in the dugout after
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Mets' pitcher Johan Santana in the dugout after giving up six runs in the first inning. (July 28, 2010)

New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana (57)
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New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana (57) congratulates third baseman David Wright, who threw out New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira on a sixth-inning grounder in a baseball game in New York, Sunday, May 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

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New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana delivers
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New York Mets starting pitcher Johan Santana delivers in the second inning against the New York Yankees in a baseball game in New York, Sunday, May 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

The Mets' Johan Santana returns to the dugout
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The Mets' Johan Santana returns to the dugout after retiring the Chicago Cubs in the first inning. (Apr. 22, 2010)

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana throws early
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New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana throws early in the Mets' home opener against the Florida Marlins at Citi Field. (Apr. 5, 2010)

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana throws during
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New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana throws during his home opener game against the FLorida Marlins at Citi Field on the afternoon of April 5, 2010. (Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana speaks with
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New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana speaks with catcher Rod Barajas on the mound during his home opener game against the FLorida Marlins at Citi Field on the afternoon of April 5, 2010. (Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

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Johan Santana pitched six innings for the Mets
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Johan Santana pitched six innings for the Mets and won his third consecutive Opening Day start. (Apr. 5, 2010)

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana points out
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New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana points out a pop fly early in his home opener game against the FLorida Marlins at Citi Field on the afternoon of April 5, 2010. (Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Mets pitcher Johan Santana swings a weighted club
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Mets pitcher Johan Santana swings a weighted club during morning workouts in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Mar. 11, 2010)

Mets pitcher Johan Santana makes a face as
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Mets pitcher Johan Santana makes a face as he comes in from practice during spring training. (Feb. 23, 2010)

Mets pitcher Johan Santana waves to fans as
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Mets pitcher Johan Santana waves to fans as he comes in from practice during spring training at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2010)

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Mets pitcher Johan Santana throws a practice session
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Mets pitcher Johan Santana throws a practice session during spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2010)

Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, right, and
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Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, right, and Johan Santana, second from right, watch Oliver Perez as he throws during Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2010)

Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, right, speaks
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Baseball Hall of Famer Sandy Koufax, right, speaks with Mets pitchers Johan Santana, second from right, and Oliver Perez, left during Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2010)

Brooklyn Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax, right, and Mets
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Brooklyn Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax, right, and Mets pitcher Johan Santana, center, watch Oliver Perez throw during Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2010)

Mets pitcher Johan Santana maintains he's still the
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Mets pitcher Johan Santana maintains he's still the best pitcher in the National League East, even with the Phillies' addition of Roy Halladay. (Feb. 18, 2010).

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Johan Santana told reporters at Tradition Field in
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Johan Santana told reporters at Tradition Field in Port St. Lucie, Florida that his surgically repaired elbow is fine and he feels no pain. (Feb. 18, 2010).

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009, file
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FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2009, file photo, New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in San Diego. The Mets said Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, that Santana will have arthroscopic surgery to clean up bone chips in his left elbow. They said he will be out for the season, but is expected to ready for spring training next year. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy, File)

After season-ending surgery to remove bone chips from
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After season-ending surgery to remove bone chips from his left elbow, Johan Santana hopes 2010 is a fresh start for him and the Mets.

New York Mets' Johan Santana delivers a pitch
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New York Mets' Johan Santana delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Houston Astros in a baseball game Friday, July 24, 2009, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: Johan Santana #57
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NEW YORK - AUGUST 20: Johan Santana #57 of the New York Mets runs the bases after hitting a double against the Atlanta Braves on August 20, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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FLUSHING, NY - AUGUST 20, 2009: Mets Johan
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FLUSHING, NY - AUGUST 20, 2009: Mets Johan Santana ptiches against the Braves in the second inning. New York Mets vs. the Atlanta Braves at Citifield. Photo by Kathy KmonicekFLUSHING, NY - AUGUST 20, 2009: New York Mets vs. the Atlanta Braves at Citifield. Photo by Kathy Kmonicek

Flushing, NY - Saturday, August 15, 2009. N.Y.
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Flushing, NY - Saturday, August 15, 2009. N.Y. Mets vs. San Francisco Giants at Citi Field. Johan Santana sits in the dugout after he was taken out of the game in the 7th inning. Photo by David Pokress

New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana follows through
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New York Mets pitcher Johan Santana follows through on an RBI single hit during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Sunday, Aug. 9, 2009 in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Flushing, NY - Thursday, July 30, 2009. Mets
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Flushing, NY - Thursday, July 30, 2009. Mets vs. Rockies at Citi Field. Johan Santana pitched 7 strong innings to record the win. Photo by David Pokress

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