Ervin Santana’s Asking Price Not Dropping

Ervin Santana isn't lowering his asking price as Opening Day inches closer, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Executives from teams with interest in the right-hander tell Heyman that despite the onset of Spring Training, Santana is still seeking something in the range of $50MM over four years — the same contract signed by Ubaldo Jimenez with the Orioles and Matt Garza with the Brewers, and $1MM more than Ricky Nolasco got from the Twins.

Heyman adds that Santana has been seeking four years "for a while now," and that won't change no based on the calendar or fellow draft-pick free agent Nelson Cruz settling for a surprising one-year, $8MM deal. According to Heyman, the Orioles, Mariners, Rangers and Rockies are looking at Santana right now, and the Blue Jays are believed by some to still be a possibility.

Colorado's interest in Santana could be tied to the fate of right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who underwent an MRI due to shoulder pain. Fresh off a 3.47 ERA in 197 1/3 innings for the Rockies last season, the 26-year-old entered Spring Training as a lock for the club's rotation. However, the team announced today (on Twitter) that Chacin has a strained right shoulder with inflammation and will not be able to throw for at least a week.

It's logical to assume that a serious setback for Chacin would heighten Colorado's interest, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post writes that even with the somewhat negative news from today's MRI, the team isn't interested in Santana at four years and $50MM. Renck has written previously that the club is turned off by Santana's history of fly balls and homer problems, though it's worth noting that Santana's fly-ball rate has drastically declined over the past three seasons as his ground-ball rate has risen.

Heyman closes by saying that Santana is said to be willing to wait for the right deal to present itself and could consider waiting until after the June Draft to sign, which would rid him of the draft pick compensation attached to his name. Earlier today, MLBTR's Tim Dierkes looked at which pick each of the 30 teams would have to surrender to sign Santana (or Stephen Drew or Kendrys Morales). While not all of those teams are logical fits at this time, it takes just one major injury for a new suitor to emerge.


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84 Comments on "Ervin Santana’s Asking Price Not Dropping"


mstrchef13
1 year 5 months ago

FYI, local reporters with contacts inside the Orioles front office say that every single source indicates the O’s have no interest in Santana, and that any reported interest is being invented by his representation.

Tom
1 year 5 months ago

Strange that teams aren’t lining up to give the guy who gave up 39 HRs in 2012 a big deal.

Should have accepted the QO.

Seamaholic
1 year 5 months ago

Just a bad year. Every pitcher has them. The rest of his career his HR rate is league average.

Tom
1 year 5 months ago

Not saying I wouldn’t want him in my team’s rotation, I’m just saying he doesn’t deserve the huge payday he’s expecting.

Matt
1 year 5 months ago

By that logic Ulbaldo Jiminez shouldn’t have gotten the deal he got if you base it off of 2012 numbers…

Jesus Ortiz
1 year 5 months ago

Ulbaldo had multiple bad seasons. Even last year he was only good for HALF the season.

Matt
1 year 5 months ago

Ummmmmmm That is kind of the point…………..He got the contract he did, but based on what the OP said about Santana, Ulbaldo shouldn’t have been able to get his deal…..

Also, he was not good for half of the season last year. No idea where that is coming from. He had a horrible April and an okay, but not amazing May. He was very good/great for pretty much the rest of the season.

Seamaholic
1 year 5 months ago

Someone out of the clear blue sky is gonna grab this guy, and profit. He’s a perfectly solid major league SP who is healthy and still in his prime. Everyone’s talked themselves out of him, but some smart team is gonna go the other way.

truroyal15
truroyal15
1 year 5 months ago

Santana should fire his agent Jay Alou who was seeking 100 million in the beginning of free agency. This made all the teams move on including the Royals who prob would have went 4 years then but moved on when the asking price was so high and signed Vargas instead. Now stubbornness and greed still remain and Santana will have to sit and watch the game he supposedly loves so much.

amoreperfectunion
1 year 5 months ago

Do the Royals have enough cash left to re-sign him? If he isn’t signed by Opening Day, he might be more willing to bite at a 3 year, 33m deal.

truroyal15
truroyal15
1 year 5 months ago

Sadly they do not unless ownership (Mr. Glass) decided to open up that wallet to make the final push. I don’t even think they would do a one or two year deal on the cheap end. Once his agent was demanding over 100 million they moved on for good in my opinion. But one can keep hoping right!!!!

ThisGuyRocks
1 year 5 months ago

Moore has stated several times that with payroll around $93-$94 million right now, there isn’t room for anything else. Good thing we re-signed Bruce Chen and gave Jason Vargas all that money.

Matt
1 year 5 months ago

If santana’s price hadn’t have been so high at the start of the off-season, KC would probably have re-signed him. A Rotation of Shields, Santana, Guthrie, Ventura, and Duffy would have been good. Instead it will be Shields, Guthrie, Vargas, Chen, and probably Ventura. And I don’t even want to think about next season when the Royals probably won’t be able to afford Shields too.

1 year 5 months ago

Santana doesn’t exactly have a ton of leverage right now. His best shot at a 50 million dollar contract is if a contending team loses a pitcher to Tommy John or another year long injury.

He could also wait until after Opening Day to avoid the QO for next year, but he apparently doesn’t want a Nelson Cruz type pillow contract.

brian310
1 year 5 months ago

After draft*

1 year 5 months ago

Not for next year’s QO if he takes a one year deal. The draft concerns the compensation already attached to him, but if he signs after opening day on a one year deal, that team cannot offer him another QO.

jimfetterolf
1 year 5 months ago

Which lowers his value even more, on top of needing a month or two to get ready to join a rotation and forcing a team to make roster moves after the season starts.

1 year 5 months ago

I agree, though if he’s working out and signs the day after Opening Day, he wouldn’t need much time to get ready. If that’s the route he’s going to take he might as well sign a pillow contract right now. He could find a stagnant market between April and June considering a pick would be involved.

NL_East_Rivalry
1 year 5 months ago

The only issue is no one is going to give up a draft pick for 5 months of a pitcher. Such a deal would require a small market team trying to win it this year and probably a 4-6 million deal

1 year 5 months ago

I don’t think it requires a small market team, but it would most likely be a team that only had to give up a second round pick or below.

Plenty of teams would be willing to give up a second or third round pick for 5 months of Santana at a low salary. Teams do that kind of stuff all the time at the All Star break and this could be far more appealing.

J-man
1 year 5 months ago

That’s not how economics work, Mr. Santana. If you want to get on a team, you’re going to have to lower your asking price since you are a product not in demand. If you aren’t going to lower you price, then have fun sitting out the season.

East Coast Bias
1 year 5 months ago

No way he sits out the season. Worst case scenario is that he gets a deal done after the June draft to avoid pick compensation.

monroe_says
monroe_says
1 year 5 months ago

If the past is any indication, he’ll give you two good years for every bad one. That makes him worth about 6 WAR over 3 seasons. Seems like 3/36 would be much more reasonable.

Mil8Ball
1 year 5 months ago

If I was Santana I’d stick to it and sit out till June if I have to. Someone will give him 3.5/45mil come July. Someone will be desperate and will pay the price.

Bleed_Orange
1 year 5 months ago

The problem with sitting out until July is that any team that would sign him would have to send him to their spring training facilities to get game ready… then he would need 3-4 starts against live batting in the minor leagues before he is Major League ready. We are talking a minimum of 4 weeks (probably longer) before he can help the big league club. That means any team in real contention wouldn’t have him on the ML roster until August.

Mil8Ball
1 year 5 months ago

I’m pretty sure…actually I’m positive it would take him a month max to get ready. Probably ready before the All Star break depending when exactly the draft is. Ervin Santana is a big boy and can stretch out himself. A little game action and he is ready.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

Santana’s problem is not only that he has draft pick compensation attached, he is not good enough to justify a 4/50 commitment. For comparisons sake Ubaldo Jimenez has produced 23.6 fWAR in 8 seasons/1275.2 IP, Garza 18.1 in 8 seasons/1182.2 IP, Santana 19.6 in 9 season/1686.2 IP. That equates out to 25% less WAR/IP than Garza and 37% less WAR/IP than Jimenez.

Bottom line: Santana is a worse starter than Jimenez and Garza

RyanWKrol
1 year 5 months ago

Over the past 3 years, Ubaldo has only a 90 ERA+ while Santana has a 101 ERA+. I don’t think either justify the contracts they’re getting/asking for. Santana has 5 good seasons out of 9 and Ubaldo 4 out of 8. Ubaldo has a better H/9 and HR/9 but Santana has a much better BB/9. The latter is crucial. Santana also as a better WHIP, probably because his BB/9 is about half Jiminez’ walk rate. In fact, Santana’s WHIP has been under 1.30 over the last 3 years. Even in 2012 his WHIP was only 1.27, well above league average. That season the HR ball off set what would’ve otherwise given him 4 straight good seasons in a row through last season. His peripherals didn’t speak to his ERA very much that season. Ubaldo’s WHIP the last 3 years is at 1.44. League average is 1.32. btw. Santana can also give 200+ IP guaranteed if he’s having at least an average season or better. Ubaldo hasn’t thrown 200 IP since 2010. Comparing their career numbers, it’s a toss up in a ot of categories. But I’d take Santana’s proven durability over Ubaldo.

discollama
1 year 5 months ago

ERA is a terrible predictor of future performance, so his 101 ERA+is meaningless

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

Using the sample of “the last three years” also happen to include 2 Santana’s better years and Jimenez 2 worst years. 2012 was Santana’s worst year but he has been inconsistent for his whole career. Jimenez had 2 bad years in Cleveland but prior to that was an ace, his recent mechanics change seems to have helped.

I’d take Jimenez over Santana in 2014 and beyond.

Ron Loreski
1 year 5 months ago

I think the Phillies are the perfect team for Santana. If they realistically wanna compete in that division, they need another SP. Especially if Hamels health is a question mark.

Lee
Burnett
Hamels
Santana
Gonzalez/Pettibone/Kendrick

Unless of course Santana is too young for the Phillies.

AcaciaStrain
1 year 5 months ago

Maybe Santana bought a really big boat or house this offseason and he’s saying “no guys you don’t understand… I literally can’t afford for my price to go down”

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
1 year 5 months ago

I’m wondering if part of this is him holding out for something like 1 year for $13M to $15M.

deadgeorge
1 year 5 months ago

You mean like the qualifying offer he rejected?

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
1 year 5 months ago

Higher money but overall yes. Right now anyone giving him 3-4 years will probably not want to go over $10M because they probably figure no one else will. But a high one year offer gives Santana a chance to save face and retry for next year.

ThisGuyRocks
1 year 5 months ago

His QO was something like $14.1 million and he rejected it….obviously just in case that 1 year $13 million offer came his way,

RyanWKrol
1 year 5 months ago

Just take a 1 year contract so you can prove that 2012 was just a fluky bad season, and then go for the multi-year deal next offseason.

Ron Loreski
1 year 5 months ago

Unless of course 2012 wasn’t a fluky bad season, and he knows that. He’ll be lucky to get $5mil/yr if it backfires.

RyanWKrol
1 year 5 months ago

The only thing that will tell us that is his HR/9. Other than that, his peripherals in ’12 were roughly the same as his good seasons. His WHIP was only 1.27. 2013 his HR/9 fell back to his normal level and he came out with 211 IP and a 1.14 WHIP, as well as a 3.24 ERA to show for it. That’s what teams are getting from Santana if he’s not giving up a lot of HR’s.

Rally Weimaraner
1 year 5 months ago

2012 was Santana’s worst year but really he has to prove 2012, 2010, 2009 and 2007 were all flukes. Santana is the definition of inconsistent oscillating between a solid #2-#3 starter and a horrendous #5 starter.

discollama
1 year 5 months ago

Considering the number of bad years that he’s had (4) and that three of those years were driven mostly by HR/9 rates of 1.50+ and since 2009 he’s had a HR/9 of 1.30, there’s a very real chance that he does it again. 2012 wasn’t fluky, it was a trend, something obviously starts to go wrong, probably his mechanics, and then he gives up a ton of HR’s and has a terrible year.

John Kreese
1 year 5 months ago

It looks like he’ll be the Kyle Lohse of 2014. Lohse didn’t sign last season until the end of March. I’m sure some team will re-asses their pitching staffs & he’ll get close to what all the other comparable guys got.

Nathan Justice
1 year 5 months ago

exactly or an injury or something will force a team’s hand

Jose Batista
1 year 5 months ago

He is not worth 100 million just isn’t

GRN_
1 year 5 months ago

No one ever thought he was.

Ryan
1 year 5 months ago

Santana’s agent thought he was worth 100 million at the beginning of the off-season. The only problem he had was no team bought into that line of thinking

GRN_
1 year 5 months ago

Lol keyword is AGENT.

Jose Batista
1 year 5 months ago

He’s more worth 3 with option for fourth 44 million.

Robert Mango
1 year 5 months ago

the way his market’s shaping up i bet he’ll resign with the Royals for 1 more year.

Red_Line_9
1 year 5 months ago

Discussion coming from Rockies publicly about Santana could be posturing to place pressure on a trade they might have on the table.

Seamaholic
1 year 5 months ago

Huh?

Red_Line_9
1 year 5 months ago

It’s possible that the Rockies supposed public interest in Santana is being put out there by the team as leverage in a deal they are working out with another team. Just speculation, but the Cubs might be playing hard ball in negotiations for Samardzjia.

Seamaholic
1 year 5 months ago

Oh. I’m sure the Rockies aren’t going to pay the Cubs’ price for Samardzija unless they are assured they can re-sign him (which would seem almost impossible), but I can see your point theoretically.

slashieboy .
1 year 5 months ago

His stats are way better than 100 million man Homer Bailey!

GRN_
1 year 5 months ago

Except age , upside , and continuously improving each year for the last 5 years.

ThisGuyRocks
1 year 5 months ago

Other than the stuff that matters, his stats are way better than Bailey.

GRN_
1 year 5 months ago

Except age , upside , and continuously improving each year for the last 5 years.

MB923
1 year 5 months ago

Guess he’ll be unemployed (but he should find a way to make $7k a month working from home. Just go to (website) here)