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Ervin Santana wants to sign with a strong offensive team ASAP

Mar 7, 2014, 8:10 PM EDT

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Earlier, we learned that the Phillies might have checked in with free agent starter Ervin Santana. But, wait! There’s more Ervin Santana news.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is hearing from sources that Santana wants to sign a one-year deal as quickly as possible, preferably with a strong offensive team. Rosenthal adds that the Blue Jays and the Orioles fit this description. Santana is willing to sign now rather than wait which would have made him exempt from a qualifying offer for the 2014 season. That’s an important note because the qualifying offer is why he is in his current predicament.

The Phillies averaged the third-fewest runs per game in the National League last season, averaging 3.77 runs per game. They could see a slight uptick in runs with the addition of Marlon Byrd and if their core can stay healthy, but that’s a gamble. The Orioles tied for the fourth-highest RPG in the American League at 4.60, while the Jays were just slightly above the AL average at 4.40. The Mariners, another team commonly linked to Santana, averaged 3.85 runs per game last year.

  1. uyf1950 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Don’t think the Tigers need him but if he’s looking for a strong offensive team as well as a ballpark that will do it’s best to keep his fly balls in the park the Tigers are the team for him.

  2. elvin2014 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Toronto Blue Jays, Seattle Mariners or Baltimore Orioles could sign Ervin Santana….

    • uyf1950 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:26 PM

      The Jays have recently as today said they aren’t interested in Santana. The other 2 you’re probably right. The Mariners are probably a better option than the O’s because in the small AL East parks and his fly ball rate will be a nightmare for the O’s

      • albionhero - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:37 PM

        Mariners don’t fit the “Strong Offensive Team” that Santana wants. So if the Blue Jays aren’t involved, and Mariners don’t have the kind of offensive team he wants… that leaves only one team. The Orioles.

  3. themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Ervin Santana, you may be
    a dreamer, but you’re not the only one
    You hope some day you’ll join a decent team
    But you might be the only one

    • historiophiliac - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:47 PM

      This place is lousy with poetry today.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:53 PM

        Doggerel is all I’ll lay claim to

      • historiophiliac - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        I’m kinda partial to Redneck Haiku.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:10 PM

        Oh yes? well I searched the internet and found this for you-

        Damn, in that tube-top
        You make me almost forget
        That you’re my cousin.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:12 PM

        The Jeff Gordon one is my favorite. lol

  4. rje413diamond - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:24 PM

    He’s going back to KC “when it’s all said and done”!!

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:16 PM

      would be nice to see KC get some sunshine. let the AL heartland division grow and glow.

  5. rockthered1286 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:36 PM


    You forget that guys like Tillman are bigger fly ball pitchers than ES ( check the 2013 numbers) and he faired mighty fine in OPACY last year. I think the worry is overblown.

    • uyf1950 - Mar 7, 2014 at 8:46 PM

      Considering Tillman in his 1st full year as a starter in 2013 with the O’s gave up 33 HR’s add Santana to that type of results and it will be disastrous. I don’t think I’ve overblown the situation.

      • deminizer - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:17 PM

        Tilman went 16-7 with a 3.77 ERA and went to the All Star game in 2013 to go along with those 33 HR’s he gave up. If that’s disastrous, add Santana to the mix. I’ll take another pitcher with similar stats to go with the best defense in the history of baseball and a lineup that hits the most HR’s in the League. That’s my kind of disaster.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        I’ll take another pitcher with similar stats to go with the best defense in the history of baseball and a lineup that hits the most HR’s in the League.

        The O’s have the best defense in baseball history? Now that’s crazy talk.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM

        Also there’s no way Tillman was more deserving of an all-star selection than Kuroda.

      • jwbiii - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        Sure the O’s had the best defense in baseball history. In 1971.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 7, 2014 at 10:33 PM

        @ deminizer, add Santana high 20’s HR’s allowed if not more to a group of SP that in 2013 gave up about 100 HR’s and yes that is a receipt for disaster.

      • Panda Claus - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:41 AM

        @church, best defense of all time in this case is because the 2013 Orioles committed fewer errors than any modern team–ever. The ’13 Rays were right behind, but both teams shattered the previous record. Whether you agree with the statement can be debated. The Orioles however hold that record now.

  6. leylandshospicenurse - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    ANGELS, Braves, Dbacks, Giants, Rockies, Nats, Rays, Orioles. I say the Nats sign him 1yr 15MM giving them Strasburg, Zimmerman, Gio, Santana, Fister

    • gloccamorra - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:11 AM

      Why not the high scoring Rangers? ES will have fun pitching in that park. I wouldn’t want to be official scorer there though.

  7. penguins87and71 - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    So much for waiting for June to sign….

  8. macjacmccoy - Mar 7, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Its all about the farm system for the Phillies. They have finally climbed up to the middle of the pack in prospect rankings with hopes of getting even higher. They arent going to do anything to jeopardize that. Such as signing a rental player like Santana who will cost their team a draft pick.

  9. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    Is that what he wants? Well that counts out the jays! And don’t even get me started on that NL rotation! Geez!

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

      Slingblade, if Sabbathia’s cutter doesn’t improve his results you better prepare your trolly little self for some Ervin Santana

  10. wallyruss58 - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    I could see KC offering him a 2 year deal for 24 million.

  11. wallyruss58 - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Best thing KC did was offer him a qualifying offer. No team wants to sign him before June 1st and have to give up a 1st round pick. KC should offer him a 2 year deal and see what pans out. Right now Santana is worried, his agent told him he would get a huge payday and it has not panned out.

    • mdyoung1971 - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      I agree, making a qualifying offer was a great move. Santana benefitted last season from a very good defense and a pitchers ballpark. Most days the wind blows in at Kaufman Stadium limiting home runs. Even with that benefit he only managed a .500 record. He’s wanting Nolan Ryan in his prime kind of pay, and he is no where near that good. He struggled against the big guns on the road, got rattled in tight situations, all the kind of thing that elite pitchers don’t do. His agent got greedy and convinced Santana that he deserved to be paid elite money even though he is only just above average. The Royals would love to have him back, but the money he’s wanting isn’t going to happen even after the draft compensation wears out. By June his options will be limited and he will not get anywhere near the money his agent dreamed up.

  12. rockthered1286 - Mar 7, 2014 at 11:39 PM

    The 2013 orioles had the least team errors since like… Ever. While that may not qualify as the best defense ever it’s still pretty daggum good and something that should appeal to many a pitcher.

    • beachnbaseball - Mar 8, 2014 at 8:35 AM

      It’s hard to commit an error when the ball winds up in the seats. OPACY = Hitter’s Park.

  13. campcouch - Mar 8, 2014 at 12:48 AM

    uh,I’m sure every pitcher wants a strong offensive team. that sounds like you’re ERA is going to bloat.

    • gloccamorra - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      Not really. He’ll put up his around 4 ERA. He’d just rather win 6-4 than lose 4-3.

  14. ditka96 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:10 AM

    Nats would make sense if Fister’s elbow is more of a problem than what they are thinking.

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