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Orioles “maintain interest” in Ervin Santana

Mar 6, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Once the Orioles surrendered their first- and second-round draft picks to sign Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz there was speculation that they might decide to punt a third-round pick too in order to sign Ervin Santana.

It hasn’t happened yet, but Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles “maintain interest” in Santana and “wouldn’t blink at all about surrendering their third-round draft pick for him.”

In other words, they’re just waiting for his price tag to drop even further amid recent reports that he’s still asking for a deal in the same four-year, $50 million range as Jimenez, Matt Garza, and Ricky Nolasco.

  1. psuorioles - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    As an O’s fan I say go for it, but obviously wait until the price drops… I would go back to their old philosophy and offer him 2 years at $20 mill with a club option for the third year.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Mar 6, 2014 at 5:48 PM

      Eric, is that you?

  2. uyf1950 - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Very soon their is going to be no reason for Santana to lower his price to what might be more appealing to the Orioles management or any other teams management for that matter. A little over 2 months after the regular season begins the amateur draft takes place at that point teams will no longer be subject to loss of their draft pick if they sign Santana. Based on the contracts that have been handed out for Garza, Nolasco and Jimenez there really should be no need or reason for Santana to drop his desire for a 4 year $50MM +/- deal.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      Don’t forget that once opening day happens, teams won’t be able to attach a QO to Santana since he won’t be with the team the entire year.

  3. proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    Seattle might also be a possible landing spot for Santana.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      Its not too late for the jays to jump in on this one, he would be perfect there.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 6, 2014 at 6:06 PM

        I was just thinking that he would look very good in a Yankee uniform.

  4. rockthered1286 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Sure why not? Rotation would look similar to this:

    Tillman
    Jimenez
    Santana
    Chen
    Gonzalez/Norris/Gausman/Bundy post- All-Star Break?

    And with a ton of solid back end guys this would give the O’s some solid trade bait mid-season to improve the line up (cough cough left field…) and/or add some depth in the minors.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Santana’s fly ball tendencies and HR history would be a nightmare for the Orioles in the AL East not to mention him pitching in Anaheim and Arlington. All hitters ballparks.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:11 PM

      Gonzalez is by far the best option out of the four you list. Norris is next in line to jump to the bullpen. Gausman isn’t ready, and will likely spend some time in the minors refining his pitching. He will need a pretty exceptional year, or a really terrible year by one of the others (or injury) to crack the rotation. (He has the ability, but has yet to put it all together.) I don’t expect to see much of anything from Bundy this year as he’ll be rehabbing from Tommy John. He MAY make a spot start or relief appearance in the later two/three months of the season, but that may be a bit of a stretch as I expect the Orioles to be extra cautious with him. Britton is still vying for a spot, but will likely only be a injury replacement. I do not believe that Matusz is stretched out enough to start.

      • rockthered1286 - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        I’m with you on the last spot going to Gonzo. He has a poor start every so often, but seems to be the most solid of the bunch. Assuming they do not bother to sign Ervin Santana I see Tillman, Jimenez, Chen, Gonzo, Chunk Norris being the rotation, with Britton/Gausman/Stinson the spot start guys when called upon. Steve Johnson hasn’t really impressed me much at all, so we’ll see what happens with him. And Matusz-O’Day-Hunter will be the mainstay core in the pen. The wildcard for the pitching staff in my eyes will be Dave Wallace and how works with this group in his first year.

      • thebirdsareback - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:17 AM

        webb will definitely be a core bullpen mainstay as well

  5. nsstlfan - Mar 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I still can see him a Drew sitting out until the draft

  6. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    I have ot imagine it is more than the draft pick holding teams back on these guys. Plenty of teams have already surrendered picks to sign players. I think Drew’s ankle must look terrible in medicals. Ervin’s ERA was over 5 in 2 of the last 5 seasons, and as recently as 2012. Perhaps the pick is doing him some harm, but I don’t think that is the whole story with these guys.

  7. zdravit - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM

    Bundy only has 100 IP in his minor league career and we already know he’s better than Santana. Don’t do it. You aren’t contending this year.

  8. thebirdsareback - Mar 6, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    All i am saying, We-in Chen is garbage. Trade him asap. He has no command or velocity and needs 45 pitches an inning to get 3 outs with the best defense behind him. He’s not made for the AL East or Camden Yards and neither is Ervin Santana. Although, i believe Ervin would fair much better then Chen. Chen would be really good in Seattle or Toronto

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