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Orioles’ interest in Ervin Santana “has increased”

Feb 11, 2014, 7:38 PM EDT

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The dominoes are now falling quickly on the starting pitching market, and the Orioles are looking to make an acquisition before the well runs completely dry.

Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun heard from a source Tuesday that the Orioles front office has increased its show of interest in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana since Bronson Arroyo, a target of the O’s at one point, signed a two-year, $19 million deal last Friday with Diamondbacks.

Santana, 31, posted an outstanding 3.24 ERA and 1.14 WHIP across 32 starts last year for the Royals, striking out 161 batters in 211 innings. His market has been slow-moving because he is tied to draft pick compensation.

Baltimore’s current projected rotation goes Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris, Miguel Gonzalez and Kevin Gausman. The O’s could push Gausman to the bullpen or start him off at Triple-A Norfolk.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:47 PM

    “Ok, Irving Santana, you’re here for your physical?”
    “It’s Ervin.”
    “Ooohhh sorry, you just failed it.”

    • tfbuckfutter - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM

      *Putting file in waste basket on top of Brandon Arroyo and Gary Balfour’s*

  2. cur'68 - Feb 11, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Oh yes please get Ervin Santana, O’s….

    Ah, who am I kidding. He’ll fail the physical.

  3. simjef - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    Can he survive in hitters park such as Camden Yards?

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

      Fans of the other AL East teams want to see him pitch in Baltimore.

      • uyf1950 - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:17 PM

        Fans of AL East teams not only want to see him pitch in Camden Yards but also in NY and Boston and I’m sure our friends to the north can’t wait to see him pitch at the Rogers Centre.

        Other then the O’s signing Arroyo signing Santana is the next best thing.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:27 PM

        We live in hope that they sign him and he passes the physical.

      • cur'68 - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        I lit Jubo a cigar and gave it him with some rum, boys. Ervin needs all the help he can get to make it past that physical.

    • cur'68 - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:07 PM


    • mmeyer3387 - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:51 PM

      That is a very good question. Clearly, he must bring his A game to pitch in Camden Yards and post a good ERA.

  4. cackalackyank - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Fly Ball pitching in the AL BEast. Ah…. good times.

    • nathanbarnabusgrube - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Chris Tillman is a fly ball pitcher and he did pretty well last year.

  5. willduhbeast - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Any other oriole fan tired of having “interest” in a player. So tired of it. Less talk and more action duquette!

  6. salsashark2004 - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    At this point as an O’s fan, I’m not sure what I’m hoping for. On the one hand, if we sign him or Ubaldo then some of the fanbase might feel a bit better but if we do sign one and they’re terrible for us, the fans will go right back to complaining. On the other hand, if we don’t sign either then the “failed physical” joke will be all over even more than it is now and the fans will continue complaining unless the rotation we have now takes a step forward. Of course if we don’t sign either and they’re terrible wherever they do go, the front office will look much smarter than it does right now. Definitely a difficult situation.

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 11, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      off season crunch time for the fightin O’s. even though my childhood was deeply scarred by the robinson’s, jim palmer, paul blair, boog powell and company, i wish you well.

      • salsashark2004 - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:42 PM

        Haha, thanks. I first started watching baseball when I was around ten in 96. I remember the two straight ALCS trips, then a decade and a half of misery, and now this weird middle ground so I’m not sure how to react. Here’s hoping things work out one way or another. Good luck to the Twins as well, except when they play the O’s of course.

  7. johnnycantread - Feb 11, 2014 at 9:46 PM

    All this talk about the Birds being interested in this player or that player…
    It’s like you can hear the whistle, but the train never pulls into the station.

  8. boogerhill - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:09 PM

    You want Brett Tompko instead? Ross Grimsley?

  9. boogerhill - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    It’s probably more BS from Angeloser Puppet!

  10. leylandshospicenurse - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:21 PM

    The “but he would fail a physical” and the “but they’re too you for the phillies” stuff is getting a little old

  11. dirtyharry1971 - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:23 PM

    Come on bluejays, time to open their purses and get this guy already!! Perfect fit baby!

  12. kcrobert10 - Feb 11, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    I don’t think a flyball pitcher like Ervin will survive in the al east. Good luck.

  13. janessa31888 - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:40 AM

    I’m starting to feel bad for Ubaldo. He really seemed to turn it around last year and no one will sign him because of a draft pick. I wonder how much money hes asking for.

    • paperlions - Feb 12, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Nah, mostly it is because team’s don’t know what they are getting. When a pitcher is highly inconsistent and he is asking for 4 or more years at $15M plus per….you aren’t going to get any takers even if you staple a 1st round pick to his butt. The reason that most of these guys haven’t signed is because they (and their agents) severely over rated their markets. None of Santana, Jimenez, Morales, Cruz are a very good bet to be productive and healthy for more multiple years…they have have giant red flags associated with them. The pick is just a small part of it….mostly, it is not very good players asking for very good player money.

  14. birdfanmanbirdfanman - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Just more of the same “oriole speak”…it will end the same…we came in 2nd…we made a “competitive offer”…we can’t compete financially with the Yankees and the Red Sox…it is all just the same BS and I am so done with hearing it…it will be another Summer just waiting for Football to start

    • karlkolchak - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:47 AM

      Yeah…it’s too bad they can’t steal the television revenue from another, heathier franchise. Oh wait…

  15. thebirdsareback - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    The Orioles are becoming eerily similar to my ex girlfriend….all talk…no action

  16. rayfinkleisonehellofamodelamerican - Feb 12, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I remember a couple years ago when we thought the O’s were going to be their terrible selves…ended up they surprised us and made the playoffs. It shows if the pitching can surprise us, anything can happen…let’s see how the season plays out.

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