"We will bring him up when he is ready," Alderson said. "No immediate need will impact that."
In addition to the money owed Santana, the Mets reached an offseason settlement with free-agent bust Jason Bay and released the pricey outfielder after three unproductive seasons. Bay and Santana account for roughly $42 million of New York's 2013 payroll, which will be about $90 million on opening day.
AP Sports Writer Mike Fitzpatrick contributed to this report.
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