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Orioles nearing a minor league deal with Johan Santana

Mar 3, 2014, 2:20 PM EDT

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko — who is sitting right in front of me today in the Orioles’ press box, so he’s smooth — reports that the Orioles are nearing a minor league contract with Johan Santana. Santana is apparently here in Orioles camp in Sarasota today working on the details of the deal.

It’s definitely something of a flyer. Santana topped out at 81 mph during a throwing session for teams last Tuesday, so this is a depth play and a hope that, after some time in extended spring training, Santana can be useful.

  1. billyboots - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    And countless Twins fans’ heads just exploded.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      actually not. him not being here increases our chances of getting to see alex meyer, trever may and company during the dog days of august when the late summer phase of spring training starts.

  2. halladaysbiceps - Mar 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    No offense, Orioles fans, but let me get this straight from all perspectives. When the Phillies signed Delmon Young and Michael Young, everyone laughs at them. When the Orioles sign Delmon Young and washed up Johan Santana, their signings are viewed as “may be useful.” Hahahaha!

    • Charles Gates - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      There’s two things that help explain the different takes:
      a) Not just signed them, but signed them to do what? Compete for a role position? Ok idea with upside. Assume a starting gig? Very limited upside with significant risk.
      b) Assumed organizational direction. Yes, ‘cepts, RAB will get a harder knock when he signs over the hill, very limited players that fit into a reputation over stats narrative because, well, that’s what RAB does. Duquette, on the other hand, has made some nice moves in his tenure and has spent the last couple of years stockpiling AAAA talent in the minors and actively playing the call-up/send-down game to find fill in pieces to augment (not lead) the team.

      • Charles Gates - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:17 PM

        Shoot. RAJ, not RAB. Don’t know what I was thinking.

    • schmedley69 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      The Phillies are held to a different standard on here, no doubt.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 3, 2014 at 6:15 PM

      When the Phillies signed Delmon Young

      “based on 7 year old scouting reports, confirmed by the GM”

      You forgot that part. And many of us are laughing at these signings too. But as Charles Gates mentions, these guys are flyers, not excepted to be in the starting lineup/rotation.

  3. rockthered1286 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    This would have bothered me IF we didn’t already sign Jimenez and Cruz. Not to compare a pitcher in Johan to a bat in Cruz, but to see the Orioles make those 2 signings (amongst a few other minor moves) and then add this as a minor league deal as opposed to considering this a solid roster move? I’m okay with that. This is Duke’s game- get a set roster, add some minor league contracts of players who are a shell of their former selves, and if one of 4 or 5 make it up and play decent? It’s a plus. If not and they fizzle? It was only a minor league contract and in no way hurts your club. Odds are we will not see Santana or Delmon Young on the opening day roster but IF, and I repeat IF, they are on that roster? It’s because they are playing well, which is a plus any way you spin it.

  4. sdelmonte - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Not getting my hopes up that the once-amazing Johann will have much left. But I hate to think of him just falling off the cliff. Would be nice if he’s got something left in that arm.

  5. jre80 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    Like he can pass a Baltimore physical….

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      That joke got old 4 signings ago…

  6. rockthered1286 - Mar 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Hey now the O’s have had back to back to back passes with Yoon, Jimenez and Cruz! That’s a 3-2 record!

  7. mattyheisman - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    If he topped out at 81 mph than I don’t see the point,he’ll get crushed by major league hitting. Probably minor league hitting as well. Maybe he should give Tim Wakefield a call and see if he could teach him a knuckleball real quick

    • mmeyer3387 - Mar 3, 2014 at 5:09 PM

      You miss the point, this is a low-risk/high-reward deal. In other words, it is a very small gamble on the “O’s” part. I know that you are full of jokes, but whats the harm or down side?

  8. trevorbwg - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    You know, instead of the Twins making stupid SP signings, why not just give us some nostalgia to better times and bring in old man Johan on a minor league deal. Worst case, he retires a Twin and we have a feel good game to go to.

  9. uyf1950 - Mar 3, 2014 at 4:37 PM

    It will be interesting to see if this signing by the O’s is similar to the one the Yankees signed with Andrew Bailey. Meaning it’s a signing more looking at the 2015 season. A minor league deal with incentives if and when he pitches this year and a team option for the 2015 season at a relatively low cost if he proves himself able to pitch again.

    It’s not a big deal and certainly should have fans in an uproar at the the signing. I’m sure it’s a very low cost and who knows maybe there is a slim chance Santana will contribute if not this season next.

  10. scoobies05 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:14 PM

    signing young and Santana to minor league deals to see if they have anything in the tank is not the same as the Phillies moves. best case the help out. and there really is no worst case because there are no expectations

  11. mnwildfan15 - Mar 3, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    Heavy dose of the Orioles Kool aid today, eh Craig?

  12. gammagammahey - Mar 4, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    This isn’t even a “low-risk” deal. It’s an absolutely no-risk deal. I wouldn’t be surprised if he spent the whole season rehabbing again either.

  13. rrsm53 - Mar 24, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    The GM you have the redsox former GM will implode the orioles. The guy doesnt have a clue. Good luck to the Orioles.

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