Ervin Santana Has Serious Interest From Three Teams

At least three teams — the Orioles, Rangers and an NL West club — have strong interest in Ervin Santana, ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas tweets. Rojas also notes that the Blue Jays could still be a possibility (although a recent report indicated the Blue Jays would not sign a free-agent starting pitcher). The identity of the NL West team is unclear, although the Rockies have been connected to Santana.

The Orioles have interest despite their recent signing of Ubaldo Jimenez. Santana would still upgrade their rotation, and with their first-round draft pick no longer a factor, there is less disincentive for them to sign a free agent like Santana who has a qualifying offer attached. The Orioles would only have to give up the No. 90 overall pick — their third-rounder — to sign Santana. The Rangers would have to sacrifice the No. 30 overall pick they are about to receive as compensation for Nelson Cruz signing with Baltimore.

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  1. Jordan_Vaughn1 1 year ago

    surprised SEA isnt in there

    • Edgar4evar 1 year ago

      I think the market will have to come down pretty far before Seattle gets in on Santana, who’s basically a league-average pitcher and is entering his decline phase. For the last spots in the rotation the M’s have two young pitchers in Ramirez and Maurer who are projected to provide similar value at little cost. They also have Scott Baker who could bounce back after Tommy John. It’s somewhat more of a gamble but the price for the extra certainty of signing a veteran is still too high.

      • Seamaholic 1 year ago

        Dude’s barely 31. There’s no reason he should be declining yet.

        • nepp 1 year ago

          Well, most guys slowly decline in their early 30s. He has been above average in 3 of the past 4 years though so he’s not “league average”

          • Edgar4evar 1 year ago

            That depends on the measure. By FIP he’s been right around the league average except 2012 when he was much worse. He got the walks down significantly last year and if he can sustain that improvement he’d probably be a bit above average. I can see why a team that had decent young starters might not see the marginal improvement to be worth 4/50 though. Capuano on a two year deal made sense. Santana for four doesn’t, to my mind.

          • RyanWKrol 1 year ago

            You could’ve just his used career ERA+, which is exactly 100.

            He’s had some good years but his inconsistency weighed his overall numbers down. He’ll still give 200 IP, and will be around 120 ERA+ if he has a good year. But if he has another bad year, he’ll be around 170 IP and an 80 ERA+.

            Major wild card there without even having to dig deep.

      • Christian camlin 1 year ago

        You’re joking right?at 31 after posting the lowest ERA of his career he is in the decline phase of his career?He’s had 1 bad year in the last 5 or so years.If anything he appears to be like a lot of pitchers who hit their peak years while in their 30’s.

    • The_Unnatural 1 year ago

      Santana probably isn’t much better than Erasmo.

      • GD 1 year ago

        I totally agree, and would like to run with E-Ramirez before dumping $10m+/yr on Santana’s inconsistencies!

        • Seamaholic 1 year ago

          Proven player is almost always better than unproven one, at least in short term.

  2. Chris Masteller 1 year ago

    I seriously doubt it’s the Rockies. A highly-home run prone pitcher + Coors Field = disaster.

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      He’s not that home run prone. That’s way overblown. He’s a bit above average in HR/9, but that’s almost all because of one awful year (2012). His ground ball numbers are actually quite good lately.

      • nepp 1 year ago

        He’s also significantly improved his GB% rate from early in his career:

        Career: 39.8%
        2013: 46.2%

        To be fair to Chris, he was HR machine in his final season in LAA with a 1.97 HR/9.

      • Jeffy25 1 year ago

        Look at his ballparks

      • Yankees420 1 year ago

        Three times throughout his career Santana has posted a HR/9 rate north of 1.5, while only once has it been under 1.0 (0.95) and he’s pitched his entire career in pitcher friendly environments. I think it’s fair to say he can be susceptible to giving up the long ball.

  3. GrilledCheese39 1 year ago

    The Orioles? Again? Why don’t they sign Morales and Drew too?

  4. Jordan_Vaughn1 1 year ago

    its the padres rox or dbacks obviously

  5. Lilstackhustla 1 year ago

    Go for it Orioles.

  6. jaysfan4life 1 year ago

    Really hoping the Jays DON’T sign him.

  7. Bob Bunker 1 year ago

    O’s should sign Morales and Santana to 1 year deals with player options. Then they would be a serious contender.

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      Someone will beat that for Santana, easy. Cruz was a special case, and Santana is way more valuable.

  8. nepp 1 year ago

    Smart strategy if you’re the Orioles as it minimizes the draft cost of signing FAs while still significantly improving the team. A #90 pick isn’t really worth all that much anyway so it makes sense to go all in during one year than making 1-2 big signings each year and never getting top picks.

  9. RoadWarriorUSCA 1 year ago

    The NL West mystery team is Colorado Rockies.

    • Shane Flannagan 1 year ago

      Them or the Padres most likely

      • RoadWarriorUSCA 1 year ago

        At least the Padres got Josh Johnson this offseason.

        • Shane Flannagan 1 year ago

          Yea, but he is a big injury risk

          • nepp 1 year ago

            There’s no risk… He WILL get injured, it’s just a matter of how and when.

      • Seamaholic 1 year ago

        Padres have the 13th pick, which is almost the most valuable one subject to being lost. Plus they still have decent SP depth. I really doubt they’re in on him, although they might grab Jeff Niemann or Joe Saunders if they need someone.

      • GasLampGuru 1 year ago

        I would not be the least bit surprised if it were the Padres. They are relying heavily on Johnson, who is very fragile, and guys like Kennedy, Ross and Cashner, who are inconsistent. Santana would slot in nicely in the middle of the rotation and allow them to use Eric Stults as a swing man, a role to which he is far better suited than starting 30 games.

        Santana would give them some stability at a presumably low rate and frankly, if they really believe they can contend this season, why not punt the draft pick and show the fans you’re willing to invest in the team? It would earn some good will with the fans, prove they are serious about investing in the team, and, most importantly, it would help them win.

  10. GoRav114 1 year ago

    He would be an upgrade but the O’s would need to pull off a trade using a guy like Norris, Miguel Gonzalez, or Britton to make the roster crunch work. Tillman, Jimenez, and Chen are locks at this point. They can move Norris to the pen to be the closer and have Santana and Gonzo as 4/5 and trade Britton.

    • Meh Sheep 1 year ago

      I’d say Gonzalez is pretty much a lock since his ERA and WHIP were both better than Chen. Could go with Norris as the closer.

  11. saxonius1 1 year ago

    El Meneo in Tejas? Somebody better check his HR/9 rate in that park. Yikes!

    • Seamaholic 1 year ago

      I did. It’s about league average. Slightly higher. It’s better than some of the Rangers current pitchers.

      • RoadWarriorUSCA 1 year ago

        Not better than Holland or Harrison when healthy.

        • Seamaholic 1 year ago

          No, nor Yu. But he’d be a solid fifth guy in the rotation.

          • Ben-Dessa Anderton 1 year ago

            Once again,different thread, the park is not the same as it was. The hr barrage days ended when construction was done recently. A # 5 but at what cost is the real question? Those fighting for the fifth spot serve the pen better.

      • saxonius1 1 year ago

        2.5 in Tejas is league average?

  12. Youssef M Youssef 1 year ago

    I’m a jays fan, and I’m getting annoyed by AA. He says he’s going sigh one free agent then he back down like a wimp because the money is 5 mill over what he wants. We got the money sigh someone already

  13. Johan 1 year ago

    Go for it Texas! Sign him to a five year deal!!!

  14. skrockij89 1 year ago

    What about Seattle? I’m sure they still have some interest

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    Chad Woelk 1 year ago

    Not sure why this article was posted. The Rangers have already stated they are not interested and the O’s already signed Jimenez and Cruz and will not be in the mix. The mystery national team is the Rockies but no pitcher wants to go there. Looks like greed got the best of Santana and his agent Jay Alou. Starting at a 100 million was a very bad mistake!!!

  16. Seamaholic 1 year ago

    Numbers don’t show it. Maybe he just gives up some particularly spectacular ones.

  17. JoshReddicksWalkupSong 1 year ago

    Of course not. No fan can take that much ego unless you’re and Angels fan.

  18. GrilledCheese39 1 year ago

    The funny thing is they’d actually fit in perfectly with the Orioles.. Granted they wouldn’t have a very high pick at all in the draft.. Jimenez/Gonzalez/Santana/Tillman/Norris is solid, yet unspectacular. It’s the offense that would make the Orioles legit WS contenders. Markakis/Machado/Jones/Davis/Cruz/Morales/Hardy/Wieters/Drew is spectacular. Although their bullpen is shaky. But this is all hypothetical because it’s never gonna happen..

  19. not_brooks 1 year ago

    After adding Cruz, there’s absolutely no room for Morales.

    And there’s no room for Drew unless he plays second base, which he’s never done professionally.

    Also, you forgot about Wei-Yin Chen.

  20. GrilledCheese39 1 year ago

    Markakis could play LF with Cruz in RF, and Morales DH. And yes I was talking about Drew playing 2B because Boras even said he would. And Chen is the worst of the six in my opinion so I didn’t include him. And remember this is alllll hypothetical because it’ll never happen.

  21. KJ4realz 1 year ago

    Markakis is a much better defender than Cruz. Put Cruz over in LF if you have to play him in the field.

  22. Meh Sheep 1 year ago

    Davis might be coming back at a not too insane contract. Look at the number of first baseman there are that are already signed long term or located on the teams that typically give out large contracts, then look at the number for Davis after the all-star break where he hit .245 with 16 home runs. Catcher has much less depth though they don’t typically last as long so Wieters is unlikely to get something in the range of 7-10 years either but I do think he is much less likely to sign a new contract.

  23. Meh Sheep 1 year ago

    Left field is much larger than right at Camden Yards you don’t want to put Cruz in left. Though Markakis doesn’t have a huge range so you probably don’t want him in left either.

  24. Jack 1 year ago

    The defenseive metrics have them surprisingly the same over the last 2 seasons.

  25. Jeffy25 1 year ago

    Yes, but markakis has a much better arm and you’d rather him stay in right….even if it’s smaller.

  26. oz10 1 year ago

    Then you haven’t seen Cruz throw. He has a cannon for an arm and is accurate. It is his only defensive ability.

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