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Orioles, Rangers, and a mystery NL West team are very interested in Ervin Santana

Feb 22, 2014, 4:28 PM EDT

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With Ubaldo Jimenez off the board, Ervin Santana is the last big name starting pitcher available in free agency. Maybe not for much longer, though.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Orioles, Rangers, and a mystery team from the NL West team are very interested in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana. And while Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos continues to downplay the possibility, Rojas isn’t ready to rule out Toronto just yet.

The Rangers make sense as a possibility given Derek Holland‘s knee injury and Matt Harrison‘s continued back issues. The Orioles are already prepared to give up their first- and second-round picks for Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz, so they’d surrender a third-round pick if they also sign Santana. Talk about going for broke. As for who the mystery NL West team could be, you can never rule out the Dodgers. The Rockies have the biggest need among the other teams in the division, though Santana would seem to be a poor fit for Coors Field.

Santana, 31, had a 3.24 ERA and 161/51 K/BB ratio over 211 innings with the Royals last season.

  1. uyf1950 - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    I’m going to guess the mystery NL West team is the Diamondbacks

    • elvin2014 - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      Colorado….

      • stercuilus65 - Feb 24, 2014 at 7:52 PM

        The Colorado Giant Diamondbacks.

  2. ottawabrave91 - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Is that fair to the royals to only get a 3rd round pick when they gave him the qualifying offer when it’s supposed to be a 1st? Why couldn’t they get the next years 1st? How is it fair to teams that have a player signed away from another team that already gave up Its top pick?

    • tc4306 - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      The Royals don’t get the pick that the signing team forfeits.

      Were the O’s to sign him, they would give up their third rounder
      but that pick would not go to the Royals.

      Royals would still get a comp pick and I think that pick would still
      be between rounds one and two…though could I stand
      to be corrected on that.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 22, 2014 at 4:49 PM

        Yes they’d get a comp pick between 1 and 2.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        Just ask PC he is an expert on draft picks without a doubt. I guess when your team sucks a$$ every year like the bluegays draft picks are about the only thing you can look forward too. Sucks to be him that’s for sure

      • happytwinsfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:59 PM

        harry, you didn’t use this as an opportunity to say something derogatory about the jays starting rotation. i’m proud of you.

      • mmeyer3387 - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        Good call, your right on the money.

  3. sportsnut101 - Feb 22, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Baseball draft picks are not like nfl or nba draft picks. Where it’s a small selection of talent and u don’t want to waste them

    I never hear wow that draft pick in the 2nd round of the MLB draft is now a hall of famer

    Must of these draft picks don’t work out and they don’t become good until 4 yrs down the road. And by then u can trade for them or sign them as free agent later on

    Do u wanna be a team that has a few good draft picks and lose for 8 yrs or do u want to win for the next 4 to 5 yrs

  4. miketreedy - Feb 22, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    The Rangers must be very concerned about Harrison. I doubt they would have let Cruz sign for only $8mm if they weren’t thinking they may need that money for pitching. At least the Rangers got a 1st rnd pick for letting Cruz go. I still have big concerns about Sanata. If they do hopefully its only a 1 year deal.

  5. happytwinsfan - Feb 22, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    i’m rooting for the fightin O’s to get him and show the glamour boys in boston and new york what for.

  6. gloccamorra - Feb 23, 2014 at 12:39 AM

    Aw, it’s either Rangers or Diamondbacks, and if Santana wants some post season action, it’s a better bet with the Rangers, with the Diamondbacks battling the Dodgers and the Giants in an even numbered year. The O’s have spent so much money on the last two guys, their owner has to sit down for awhile before he commits more money – and Santana is going to cost more than Ubaldo or Cruz. The D’Backs have already traded some of their promising pitchers, why not give up draft picks too?

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