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Mariners showing “continued interest” in Ervin Santana

Dec 18, 2013, 7:37 PM EDT

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With the Rays still asking the moon for ace David Price, the Mariners have apparently moved on to other options for upgrading their starting rotation.

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Seattle front office has been showing “continued interest” in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana. There was a report in November stating that Santana is seeking a five-year free agent contract worth more than $100 million, but the price has likely dropped since.

Santana, 31, posted a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings this past season for the Royals, but that’s the outlier for a career that has been considerably up-and-down. Santana had a 5.16 ERA in 2012 with the Angels and his career mark is 4.19. Signing him costs a top draft pick.

  1. NYTolstoy - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    If the Mariners sign him they have a pretty good starting rotation to go with a nice line-up. Santana will most likely be a number 3 or 4 guy and with a much bigger ballpark I figure he will be just as good as he was for the Royals. I do see him getting a 5 year deal but most likely at 15-25 million less then what he was hopping, maybe even a little more then that.

  2. doctornature - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    If Ervin “Longball” Santana gets anywhere close to $100 Million, I am officially coming out of retirement, dusting off the knuckler, and jogging to the nearest spring training site in Az. Surely there is a spot for a 62 year old pitcher willing to work for minimum wage ($8/hr., not the league min. of $500,000)

    Jesus, I can’t believe the salaries below-average pitchers are asking for.

  3. jakefishh - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    Royals need to trade Butler and resign Santana. Postseason run

  4. davidbrentfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Do you all think that the Cano signing and the direction of the team are indicators that the Mariners will soon be competitive, or do you all think that they will continue to stagnate?

    • paperlions - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      More of the same. They just don’t seem to know what they are doing. The team defense looks like it’ll be horrible. Lot of guys with some power but poor on-base skills…just don’t see a lot of actual offense there. Their top 2 offensive guys from last year are gone. They added Cano, and some stuff…the offense is probably break even with last year. They might be about a .500 team right now.

      • markdyar - Dec 19, 2013 at 2:54 PM

        Dead on. 3 or 4 1st base/DH types, even if they can hit, makes for poor defense and little speed. I think they may actually regress as far as record goes. Cano is an upgrade offensively, a push on defense, the other 2 are both defensive liabilities, and it’s a question how much they will add to the offense. They have sacrificed the few assets they had (youth, speed, athleticism) for a little power. Not a good idea.

  5. cur68 - Dec 18, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    A 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings is not at all an outlier for a pitcher like Santana in a big park like Kaufman though. Safeco is another big park. Santana likely would do just as well there as in Kaufman. Besides, with all that humidity in Seattle, he’ll be able to keep the ball in play a lot more than most anywhere else. He’ll be a great fit in Seattle.

  6. kcrobert10 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Good for Seattle and Ervin. He is not worth 15-25 million for 5yrs. Seattle if they do this will once again be hampered by a dead salaries in a couple yrs. They ain’t the Yankees or even the Angels. My guess trouble is ahead someone needs to check ur gm who may be feeling the heat under his seat. If the market does fall out on Ervin we will gladly have him back in kc on a 1 yr incentive type deal.

  7. uyf1950 - Dec 19, 2013 at 6:38 AM

    Amazing how Santana seems to pitch his best in a walk year or the year just prior to signing a contract. He did that in 2008 when he signed a a 4 year deal with a club option for a 5th year for seasons 2009/2013. Then again this past season now that’s he’s a FA.

    Call me skeptical but something tells me after he signs a new contract he regresses back to the 2009 Santana.

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