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Report: Ervin Santana to sign a one-year, $14 million deal with an AL team

Mar 8, 2014, 9:08 AM EDT

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The Ervin Santana saga is reaching its conclusion.

According to Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes, Santana will sign a one-year, $14 million contract with an American League team. This report comes less than 24 hours after Soldevila passed along word that a frustrated Santana fired his agent, Bean Stringfellow, and could negotiate his own contract.

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported last night that Santana was looking to sign a one-year deal as soon as possible, preferably with a strong offensive team. If Soldevila’s report from this morning is accurate, we can probably peg the Orioles and Blue Jays as the favorites to be that mystery AL team. However, the Rangers and Mariners have also been mentioned as possibilities this winter. Stay tuned.

Santana, 31, posted a 3.24 ERA and 161/51 K/BB ratio over 211 innings last season. He turned down a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Royals in order to test free agency. While he was hoping to cash in after his excellent season, being attached to draft pick compensation has had a major impact on his market.

UPDATE: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Santana is discussing a one-year, $14 million deal with the Orioles and Blue Jays. There’s also an unidentified National League team (but believed to be the Rockies) which is considered to be “on the fringe” of talks. A deal is expected to come together soon.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Bean Stringfellow?

    • dondada10 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

      He was Billy Wagner’s agent too. There’s a poster on a Mets board I frequent who developed quite the obsession over the name.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

        I found a picture of him.

  2. phillysports1 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Blue jays !!!!!

  3. phillysports1 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    If they didn’t say it was an America league team , I would’ve guessed my phils .

  4. proudlycanadian - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    The only AL team that seemed to be willing to offer him $14 million was Kansas City.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 8, 2014 at 12:41 PM

      Try again pc, the jays just signed him! yessssssssssss there is a GOD and he hates the jays!

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        It is international woman’s day Harry. Today, God is a woman and she can be quite fickle.

      • Old Gator - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:07 PM

        Considering the soggy excuse for a brain with which he endowed you, moron, I doubt if the Feather Lice should be too concerned.

  5. jpalughi823 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    cya in baltimore i guess

  6. Kevin S. - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Would be hilarious if it’s Kansas City.

    • apkyletexas - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:50 AM

      Two winning seasons since 2007, even though he’s been on good Anaheim teams most of that time. No winning seasons the past three years. Three seasons with ERA higher than 5 during that time. At $14 million, he’ll almost certainly make over $1 million per win, and possibly $1.5 or $2 million per win.

      Man am I glad my Pirates can’t afford guys like this.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:55 AM

        Judging a pitcher on wins is always the best way to go.

      • ltzep75 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:20 AM

        We could always judge him on the 118 HR’s he’s allowed over the last four seasons.

  7. paperlions - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:39 AM

    On a 1-year deal, I doubt there are many teams willing to give up their 1st to sign him, which would suggest the Orioles might be most likely.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      I believe Seattle, Texas, Detroit, the Yankees and others have already burned their first round picks as well. You have to figure on a 1-year deal the guy will get another QO next off-season, so the signing team is only postponing their pick.

      I wonder how confident Boston feels about Dubront/Capuano. For a team in “win now” mode, a 1-year, $14MM deal is not a bad investment.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        Texas burned their first on Choo but got a sandwich pick for Cruz, so they’d still be giving up a near-first to sign him. Seattle’s pick actually depends a lot on what Kendrys Morales does. If he re-signs in Seattle (unlikely) or doesn’t sign until after the draft (somewhat more likely), then signing Santana would only cost the Mariners an early 3rd. Should he sign with another team prior to the draft, however, signing Santana would cost them their early 2nd round pick instead.

      • paperlions - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:13 AM

        What are the odds that Santana is good enough to justify that offer though? Looking at his career, he’s been highly inconsistent and there are reports out there that his elbow is hanging by a thread (which, actually, probably rules out Baltimore) and most teams weren’t interested because they think he’s about to blow out his elbow and they don’t want to pay for 2 years of rehab and recovery.

      • ltzep75 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:21 AM

        Santana is not a guy you want pitching half of his home games in Fenway Park.

    • Kevin S. - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:45 AM

      If he weren’t such a homer-prone pitcher, I’d say the Yankees would make sense, but there’s no need for the Phil Hughes Experience Redux.

    • randomdigits - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

      Blue Jays’ first round pick is protected.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        as if it matters, they can go draft another bust as always

    • wholeshowmunroe - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Both of the Jays first round picks are protected, very good chance it is them cause they only lose a second rounder in a draft with two first round picks.

  8. fomeols - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    If he had accepted the QO, he’d be MUCH better off today, but his arrogance and greed held him back.
    Sheesh, it’s 14 million bucks…

    • karlkolchak - Mar 8, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      Or bad advice, which could well be why he fired his agent.

  9. jbones77 - Mar 8, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    He should’ve hired Stringfellow Hawk!

  10. jbeagles23 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Both jays first rounders are protected so it would be the 50th pick in the draft

    • wallyruss58 - Mar 8, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Then it cannot be the Jays. They have to relinquish a 1st Rounder to the Royals if they sign him.

    • wallyruss58 - Mar 8, 2014 at 2:49 PM

      Then it cannot be the Jays. They have to relinquish a 1st Rounder to the Royals if they sign him.

  11. elvin2014 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Toronto Blue Jays!

  12. kcfanatic - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    If he goes to the Rockies his career will be over. Way too many fly balls

  13. phillysports1 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    He’s going to the blue jays or phillies

  14. uyf1950 - Mar 8, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Blue Jays fans have my sympathies. Everything that not only I and others have posted about Santana pitching in the AL East when the O’s were looking like the team to sign Santana now applies to the Jays to according to all reports are the leading candidate to sign Santana.

    With the small AL East parks and Santana’s propensity to give up HR’s this might be a signing the Jays regret even if it is just for one year should the Jays be the team.

    • proudlycanadian - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      I would be shocked if the Jays signed him, especially at that price.

      • uyf1950 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:09 AM

        Well look on the bright side if the Jays do sign him. He won’t be pitching to Bautista and Encarnacion. Unfortunately he will be pitching to: Davis, Cabrera, Jones, Beltre, Ortiz and a host of other home run hitters in the AL.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:15 AM

        I noticed that you did not list any Yankee home run hitters.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:32 AM

        @proudlycanadian: He doesn’t have to list Yankee HR hitters. It is a given. As homer prone as Rogers Center is New Yankee Stadium is worse. Ellsbury, McCann, and Texiera can all eat Santana’s lunch there. Even Gardner Jeter would have no trouble.

        Santana in the AL East is a really bad idea unless you get to face him

      • uyf1950 - Mar 8, 2014 at 1:42 PM

        @ proudly, I was waiting for someone to mention that. If you notice I didn’t list Price Fielder either. My omission of say Beltran and McCann and Soriano was intentional. I wanted readers to concentrate on the post and not be sidetracked by the “bias” names on the list.

        Have a good day my friend.

    • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      We agree on this. Santana will get rocked regularly in the tiny confines of Rogers nor does he belong in any AL East’s parks. KC is a great park for him and he’s a fool to leave it

  15. dirtyharry1971 - Mar 8, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    Perfect fit for the bluejays, come on AA

  16. buffalo65 - Mar 8, 2014 at 12:17 PM

    It would be a good fit. They need another arm. Low risk. One year and see yah

  17. buffalo65 - Mar 8, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Love your optimism Larry but not done yet. Would be a good pick up for a year. No risk.

  18. buffalo65 - Mar 8, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Give the young guys a chance at AAA and gives the jays a solid arm to go with one of the best offenses in the AL. Should be a fun summer.
    Hope it gets done but not a deal yet.

  19. garybrian - Mar 8, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    He’s gonna wait until 5:00 P.M. to see if he can get a better offer? The Blue Jays should tell him to go “screw yourself” and don’t bother us!

  20. thebirdsareback - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    The Orioles would benefit from another guy who can pitch through the 6th regardless if he gives 4-5 runs a game. I can see the orioles averaging 6-7 runs a game so he would do pretty good with that. The Orioles bullpen is looking really really great so far in ST. I also think Santana and Jimenez both would/will benefit from that defense behind them. And Wieters catching raises the level of play for the pitchers, he calls a really good game. So, my focus isnt so much on what Santana has done wrong in the past, Its what he’s done well and building from there. Santana should pick the orioles. They’re an overall better team then the jays and twins, and have a better rotation to compete with

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