New York Yankees enter race for Johan Santana

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The New York Yankees are the latest franchise to express an interest in signing Johan Santana for 2014, reports ESPN.

The 34-year-old has also inspired the interest from the New York Mets, the Minnesota Twins, the Tampa Bay Rays, the Baltimore Orioles, the Kansas City Royals, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Pittsburgh Pirates but is now thought to be in preliminary discussions with the Yankees.

Santana has not pitched in two of the last three seasons because of recurring problems with his shoulder. But when fit he has shown massive potential.

In 2012 he became the first pitcher in Mets history to throw a no-hit game before his shoulder injury reoccurred.

According to the source, the Yankees are preparing to offer him an incentive-laden non-roster invitee contract. His agent has said he is only interested in signing nowand is willing to throw in January to showcase his ability.

Of course, if he does want to sign for the Yankees, he'll have to say goodbye to his facial hair as Yankees tradition states no player can have facial fuzz beyond a well trimmed moustache.

In 2007, the Yankees held talks with Minnesota over a possible deal for Santana but were unwilling to offer Phil Hughes in a potential trade.

Anyway, Santana was not keen to move to the Bronx because of his fondness of his facial hair.

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