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Orioles’ Dan Duquette on Ervin Santana: “I really don’t know what’s real and what’s not”

Mar 10, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Among the numerous Ervin Santana rumors swirling right now is that the Orioles remain in the mix to sign the free agent right-hander. Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com asked Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette about that specific rumor and his response was an interesting one:

I really don’t know what’s real and what’s not real in that case.

Duquette also gave the usual spiel about being happy with the pitchers the team has on the roster while avoiding talking about Santana directly. Santana is turning into one of the weirder free agents in recent memory and “I really don’t know what’s real and what’s not real” is a pretty good summation.

  1. nymets4ever - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    where will you be when the acid kicks in?

    • karlkolchak - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Shoulda taken the BLUE pill.

  2. Scott - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    “Time is a flat circle,” Duquette added.

    • richa52 - Mar 10, 2014 at 7:03 PM

      Alright! Alright! Alright!

  3. lenbias34pt - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:23 AM

    It’s coming on……did i take to much?

  4. ltzep75 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Doc Ellis approves of all of your comments.

    • Old Gator - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:19 PM

      You can’t mention acid on the board without mentioning Doc Ellis. How odd. Whatever happened to Owsley?

      • ltzep75 - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:55 PM

        Well, for one, Doc played ball. And as much as Owsley helped lubricate some of my favorite musicians, if I were to reference him it likely would have been a reference to Duquette attempting to replace the AA team’s bus driver with Owsley, only to be told Owsley had shifted his perspective to that other plane.

      • Old Gator - Mar 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM

        Then if I were Duquette, I would’ve gone out and gotten Neal Cassady to drive the damned thing. Just imagine a cross between Bull Durham and The Electric Koolaid Acid Test.

  5. rockthered1286 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    I have this suspicion that ES will keep every team in the running hanging on JUST long enough to piss them off and have them back out.

    Perosnally? I would like to have him here. Despite what everyone on these ES threads say about OPACY being a hitters park, I am fully aware of what our rotation looks like now and I cannot see how he would NOT be an upgrade over the current rotation. It’s not like every pitcher that comes to the Orioles gets shelled. It’s not like we’ve never seen good pitchers do well here. And it’s not like he won’t have a pitching coach working with him throughout the season in the event he does continue to give up bombs. And more so, it would push back one of the back end rotation guys to the pen, bolstering that as well. I’m not expecting him to be any more than a 3. Best case scenario a 2, but it’s a stretch. But being a 3 will still bolster what we have and that’s the stance the O’s made- offer him a contract because he WILL improve this pitching staff.

    • rockthered1286 - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:37 AM

      Perosnally… personally… spell check… no spell check… s’all good.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:46 AM

      Exactly. The park will be the park no matter who is pitching there. The idea should still be to get the best pitchers available, no?

      I would rather have a good fly ball pitcher than a less-good ground ball pitcher.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      It’s funny, the park is a hitters park when the Orioles have a good hitting lineup. When they have crappy players, it’s among the worst hitting park in the league. People keep spouting off that there is some sort of magical effect that players get when they come to Baltimore that makes them able to hit better here than anywhere else (Even-though most players home/away splits are pretty even.) At the end of the day, we aren’t talking about Coors here. There is no reason ES can’t perform just as well in Camden as he did anywhere else. He’s a major upgrade over Bud Norris, so I say sign him, especially at a one year contract. Between him, Tillman, Chen, Jiminez, and Gonzalez, the Orioles rotation would look potentially very strong.

      • rockthered1286 - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:57 PM

        My good man… you nailed it.

  6. chunkala - Mar 10, 2014 at 11:54 AM

    is this Ervin’s good year or bad year. i know he usually alternates.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 10, 2014 at 1:04 PM

      Last year was worse than the year before, so I guess it’s his good year

  7. bostonboresme - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    I hate what Santana and Stephen Drew are doing. Talk about making it blatantly obvious you’re only playing for the $$$.

    Waiting until June. Give me a break.

    • clemente2 - Mar 10, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      When they are negotiating what will likely be their last large free agent payday, how is the money not a pre-eminent issue?

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 10, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      Um, so you go to your job because you love it so much? The salary they give you has nothing to do with it? If you were terminated at your current employer, and two other employers were giving you job offers, would you not attempt to get as high a salary as possible? I love when people get all high and mighty when a ballplayer tries to get as much money as possible.

      • bostonboresme - Mar 10, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        I don’t play baseball for a living, numbnuts.

      • Old Gator - Mar 10, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        That’s fine. They don’t play it for a hobby.

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 11, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        So people who play baseball for a living shouldn’t care about providing for their family? They should break free from human nature and not care about being paid as much as the market will give them? The difference between one million and two million dollars is still one million freaking dollars. Just because it’s more than most of us will ever see in our lives, and the numbers are so abstract doesn’t mean that it isn’t very real for these guys, and how anyone can fault them for caring about how much money they are paid just astounds me.

  8. thebirdsareback - Mar 10, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    This is worse then waiting for the season to start. Just sign with the Birds and call it a day. You know you dont want to live in Canada with Justin Bieber and Drake. Come down to Bmore and we’ll show you how its done. Any pitcher who can give you 200+ innings is an upgrade over Chen, Norris, and Gonzo

  9. judahbenhur - Mar 11, 2014 at 3:15 PM

    Santana is a loser. Never wins the big game. And it’s not for lack of talent– the guy is a head case.

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