Johna Santana: Spring start pushed back to Mid-March
According to the Mets GM Sandy Alderson, it's not because he's had a setback:
I was about to go out here and write what a disaster that trade was for both franchises. Certainly, Santana hasn't been what we saw or what the Mets expected, but his numbers the first three years with them were awfully good: 600 IP, 2.85 ERA. The last two were bad, but that contract can end after this year. (And considering he'll make $25M if they pick up his option, I expect it will end after this year.)
Says Alderson: "There's no structural issue. It's just a matter of building up strength."
If he looks like he's returning to health this year, but isn't dominant, I wonder if anyone locally will lobby to go after him for 2014. He'll be 34 this season.