As the New York Mets look for options in their rotation GM Sandy Alderson said the team would consider bringing back veteran lefty starter Johan Santana on a small deal.

The Mets are going to buyout Santana's contract for 2014 for $5.5 million as they otherwise would have owed him $25 million. He made $25.5 million last season despite not pitching. Santana signed a six-year $137.5-million deal with the team that included the team option for the 2014 season.

Santana missed this past season as he underwent surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. He previously had the same surgery on Sept. 2 2010 and he did not return to the majors for 19 months. He last pitched on Aug. 17 2012 giving up six runs in five innings against Atlanta.

Santana pitched in only four seasons with the Mets as he was sidelined for two years due to the surgeries. He's 46-34 with a 3.18 ERA with the Mets but has made only 109 starts since being acquired in a trade before the 2008 season. He threw the franchise's first no-hitter on June 1 2012.

The lefty has previously said he would like to continue pitching.