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Orioles still interested in Ervin Santana even after signing Ubaldo Jimenez

Feb 21, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Baltimore was linked to Ervin Santana before signing Ubaldo Jimenez to a four-year, $50 million deal and now Jon Heyman of reports that the Orioles are still interesting in added Santana too.

Because they’ve already parted with their first-round draft pick to sign Jimenez the Orioles would only need to give up a second-round pick for Santana. Their second-rounder is 54th overall.

By adding Santana along with Jimenez the Orioles could also address their closer situation by potentially shifting Bud Norris to the bullpen. Right now Tommy Hunter is considered the favorite to replace Jim Johnson in the ninth-inning role. Norris is a career-long starter, but he has a 4.36 ERA and there was actually some talk of the Orioles moving him to the bullpen back in December before they’d even added any rotation help.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 21, 2014 at 10:56 AM

    Ervin is running out of options. Texas is possible if the MRI on Harrison does not look good. Yesterday, AA made it quite clear that the Jays do not plan to sign a free agent starting pitcher.

    • bendover09 - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:38 PM

      The Rangers have already made a big splash.. something tells me they will not do it again unless really needed. This is not a must need option. Luke Jackson & Alex Gonzalez will both be ready for this upcoming year. If Harrison goes on the DL, Alex will replace him.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

        Thanks for the info.

  2. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    I fully endorse this move. Would give a very interesting rotation of Tillman, Jimenez, Santana, Chen, Gonzalez. Moving Norris into the pen would give the team a really good arm that could eat up a few innings a week. I could see a Tommy Hunter type resurgence in his career. Hunter was a disaster as a starter, but when moved to the pen picked up a few miles on his fastball, and most importantly picked up a little movement to go along with it. With Hunter closing and Matusz and Darren O’Day handling the 7th and 8th innings, Norris would slide in really nicely and help turn the bullpen back to one of the top pens in the league.

    Personally I’d rather have Ervin over Cruz if that’s the choice.

  3. rockthered1286 - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:11 AM

    Tillman, Jimenez, Santana, Chen, Chunk Norris, Gonzo, Gausman, Yoon…. 9 MAN ROTATION BOOYAH! This just tells me IF they do this they are planning to trade away some of their weaker rotation bodies mid-season to either re-up their farm system (not that it would drastically improve it) or add role players down the line when needed.

    Uncle Pete MAY or may not be getting senile…

    • rockthered1286 - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      8. 8 man. I cannot count on Fridays apparently.

  4. karlkolchak - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:07 PM

    Even if the Orioles make this move, they are still holding tons of cards and no Aces.

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      better to have a rotation with 5 number 3 starters then one with an ace and four number 5 starters

  5. siggtacular - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:19 PM

    Orioles World Series 2014

  6. thebirdsareback - Feb 21, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Cummon guys dont print the dang World Series Tickets just yet. I mean, if they make this move, then i am all for it, but i wouldnt be devestated if we chose to use the 2nd rd pick on morales. I think he contributes much more on the Orioles then Ervin does. Plus Morales is someone worth signing for 2 or three years @ 30 years old. He just seems like the guy the orioles need to bring in, pending what young can show buck in ST the next week or so

  7. therealgrande - Feb 21, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    If the O’s signed him, like it’s been pointed out they’d have an 8 man rotation. Gotta wonder when Gausman is going to get a full-time shot at the rotation being a prospect the O’s have brought through the ranks.

    Signing Ubaldo & Ervin is very similar. Both give up quite a few HR’s and Baltimore isn’t the biggest ballpark. I’m not saying it’s a bad signing but they seem fine in there rotation now that Ubaldo was signed.

    This could be a signing to try and scare NY & Boston but I think they’re doing to much. Ubaldo’s contract was already the 4th biggest Baltimore has ever handed out. Now they’re going to hand a similar one to Ervin Santana?

  8. markofapro - Feb 21, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Bendover- you’re seriously joking about Alex and Luke, right????

    • bendover09 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      Yeah, Im joking over a 2.02 ERA from Luke who can stay in the minors or come until mid season as reliever. Chi Chi Gonzalez who is only 21 threw a 3.81 first year. Once he fixes his controll problems you can bet you’ll see him here quick. Its all about the spring for him.

      Yea, Im joking ..

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