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Ervin Santana might not be long for the Angels’ rotation

Jun 13, 2012, 11:19 AM EDT

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I wrote earlier this week about Ervin Santana serving up homers at a historic rate and wondered if getting bumped from the rotation might be the only thing to keep him from setting records.

It turns out the answer may be yes, as Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles speculates that the Angels are running out of patience with Santana, who’s 3-7 with a 5.74 ERA and 18 homers allowed in 13 starts.

Of course, Saxon also notes that Mike Scioscia “continues to insist that Santana’s spot in the rotation is secure.” And the manager is right to be patient, because Santana has been a solid mid-rotation starter for most of the past seven seasons and posted a 3.66 ERA in 66 starts between 2010 and 2011.

However, if Santana continues to serve up batting practice once Jered Weaver returns from the disabled list the Angels may have a decision on their hands. Santana is under team control for next season, but right now picking up his $13 million option seems very unlikely and in that case there won’t be a ton of motivation to stick with an impending free agent.

  1. bestcoastinfluence - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM

    Put him in the bullpen for a couple starts and hopefully he finds his stuff. If not, best of luck to the guy in free agency.

  2. WhenMattStairsIsKing - Jun 13, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    If they want to deal him, most teams would certainly take him. Boston, Baltimore, Toronto all come to mind.

  3. Rick - Jun 13, 2012 at 1:39 PM

    I know every starting pitcher needs to have a healthy ego, but you have to wonder if maybe Ervin might take the approach of requesting to be sent down to find his stuff. The alternative is to publicly humiliate himself in an otherwise strong rotation. That doesn’t make sense.

  4. fleshybear - Jun 14, 2012 at 4:53 AM

    trade him cut your losses

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