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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55 Comments on "Ervin Santana Has Serious Interest From Three Teams"


Jordan_Vaughn1
1 year 6 months ago

surprised SEA isnt in there

Edgar4evar
1 year 6 months 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 6 months ago

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

nepp
1 year 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago

Santana probably isn’t much better than Erasmo.

GD
1 year 6 months ago

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

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

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

Chris Masteller
1 year 6 months ago

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

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago

Look at his ballparks

Yankees420
1 year 6 months 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.

GrilledCheese39
1 year 6 months ago

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

Jordan_Vaughn1
1 year 6 months ago

its the padres rox or dbacks obviously

Lilstackhustla
1 year 6 months ago

Go for it Orioles.

jaysfan4life
1 year 6 months ago

Really hoping the Jays DON’T sign him.

Bob Bunker
1 year 6 months 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 6 months ago

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

nepp
1 year 6 months 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.

RoadWarriorUSCA
1 year 6 months ago

The NL West mystery team is Colorado Rockies.

Shane Flannagan
1 year 6 months ago

Them or the Padres most likely

RoadWarriorUSCA
1 year 6 months ago

At least the Padres got Josh Johnson this offseason.

Shane Flannagan
1 year 6 months ago

Yea, but he is a big injury risk

nepp
1 year 6 months ago

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

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months 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 6 months 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.

GoRav114
1 year 6 months 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 6 months 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.

saxonius1
1 year 6 months ago

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

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

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

RoadWarriorUSCA
1 year 6 months ago

Not better than Holland or Harrison when healthy.

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

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

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 6 months 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 6 months ago

2.5 in Tejas is league average?

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

Oh, didn’t see “in that park”

Youssef M Youssef
1 year 6 months 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

Johan
1 year 6 months ago

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

northsfbay
1 year 6 months ago

Signed an A’s fan.

Ben-Dessa Anderton
1 year 6 months ago

That would make me sick.

skrockij89
1 year 6 months ago

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

truroyal15
truroyal15
1 year 6 months 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!!!

Seamaholic
1 year 6 months ago

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

JoshReddicksWalkupSong
1 year 6 months ago

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

GrilledCheese39
1 year 6 months 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..

not_brooks
1 year 6 months 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.

GrilledCheese39
1 year 6 months 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.

KJ4realz
1 year 6 months ago

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

Meh Sheep
1 year 6 months 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.

Meh Sheep
1 year 6 months 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.

Jack
1 year 6 months ago

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

Jeffy25
1 year 6 months ago

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

oz10
1 year 6 months ago

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