Blue Jays sign LHP Johan Santana, hope for return to majors

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DUNEDIN, Fla. (AP) The Toronto Blue Jays have signed two-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana to a minor league contract, hoping the former ace can make it back to the majors.

The Blue Jays announced the deal Thursday and invited him to big league spring training.

Santana turns 36 in March. He last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the New York Mets and has undergone two operations on his left shoulder in recent years.

Santana was in Baltimore's minor league system last year and tore his left Achilles tendon in June. He's made just one appearance since then, retiring six straight batters in January in the Venezuelan Winter League.

The four-time All-Star won AL Cy Young Awards with Minnesota in 2004 and 2006. He pitched the only no-hitter in Mets' history and is 139-78 lifetime with a 3.20 ERA.