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March 10, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Santana Signing Soon?

by Daniel Rathman


Ervin Santana might be in a rush to sign; or, maybe not
FOX Sports baseball insiders Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi got some conflicting information over the weekend. Rosenthal heard that Ervin Santana was itching to join a club and could settle for a one-year deal to get down to spring training as soon as possible. Morosi, on the other hand, was told that Santana might “wait days” before accepting an offer.

Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes had more concrete news on the Santana front: He wrote on Saturday that the right-hander has two offers on the table that would essentially match the qualifying offer from the Royals that Santana rejected last fall. The Blue Jays would hand him $14 million for the 2014 season, while the Orioles’ bid was at $13 million with incentives that could at least bump the value up to the $14.1 million paycheck he turned down.

If Santana is in fact willing to accept a one-year deal, he’s likely to come to a decision soon. There’s no obvious reason to wait, because the longer he stays on the market, the less regular-season work he’ll get.

One source of trouble for Santana, though, is that neither Baltimore nor Toronto is an ideal destination for a fly-ball pitcher hoping to turn in a strong year before giving free agency another try. Both were among the top four parks for home run hitters last year, and neither club was good at preventing fly balls that stayed in its yard from dropping or doing damage. The Orioles allowed the league’s fifth-highest BABIP on fly balls (.119) while the Blue Jays came in with the 13th-worst mark (.098); the two teams allowed the highest (.622) and third-highest (.600) SLG on flies. Santana’s previous employer, the Royals, were above average (.093 BABIP compared to .096) at fielding flies and offered a pitcher-friendly environment.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman added on Saturday that a senior-circuit team is involved in the Santana bidding, along with the American League East rivals. The Rockies were previously connected to the righty when Jhoulys Chacin was undergoing tests for a shoulder injury, but Denver Post beat writer Troy E. Renck followed up less than two hours after Heyman’s report with word that Santana won’t be coming to Colorado.

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fbieszczat

The White Sox acquired Eaton in the trade involving Hector Santiago, not Addison Reed. The Sox acquired Matt Davidson in the Reed trade.

Mar 10, 2014 08:28 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Fixed, thanks.

Mar 10, 2014 09:18 AM
 
timber

How does anybody have an "amateur contract?"

Mar 10, 2014 09:06 AM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

What I meant was that he was an amateur free agent when he signed the four-year major-league deal in 2008.

Mar 10, 2014 09:19 AM
 
digiderek

Given the situation with Medlen, Ervin might want to wait and see if the Braves will have some interest now.

Mar 10, 2014 15:56 PM
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digiderek

Not to mention Brandon Beachy's biceps trouble.

Mar 10, 2014 15:59 PM
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BP staff member Daniel Rathman
BP staff

Yep—that's in today's Roundup. :)

Mar 11, 2014 06:22 AM
 
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