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Ervin Santana Contract Situation

UPDATE: As of 5:45 PM CST, it still doesn’t appear Santana has signed. The situation appears to be more fluid than original reports indicated. Will continue to update this post as new developments are reported.

Original Post: (1:56 PM – CST) According to, Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports (in Spanish) that Ervin Santana is deciding between competing one-year contract offers from both the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays. The Orioles have reportedly offered $13M plus incentives, while the Blue Jays have offered $14M guaranteed.It appears Santana will make his final decision by 4:00 PM today. From various reports over the past few days, it sounds like he’s anxious to get started on his spring, and wants to be ready to go when the regular season opens. He’s apparently unwilling to let the season begin before reaching a deal, a strategy some previous reports have suggested he might have been contemplating, and made some changes in his representation in order to get the ball rolling.
The Star’s Andy McCullough reported yesterday that Royals GM Dayton Moore said the team is not pursuing Santana, even after it became known that he was willing to take a one-year contract. A somewhat depressing and frustrating development for some KC fans that I know.
How much better would the Royals post-season chances look with Santana in the #2 slot behind James Shields, with Duffy/Ventura/Zimmer ready in Omaha as in-season replacements for injuries or ineffectiveness from any of the other starters? Mucho Grande better, as we say in barely comprehensible spanglish.
For a team wholeheartedly committed to the post-season in 2014, with only one more year of Shields as our #1 started before he likely departs for what is expected to be a huge pay-day from one of the wealthy big-market franchises, this lack of interest in Santana would seem a curious move. Though to be fair, they undoubtedly know a lot more about the situation than any fan. And for all we know, Moore might have offered a multi-year deal and been rebuffed, just as the $14.1M qualifying offer was rejected.

This post will be updated as new developments are reported. Check back later.

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  • jimfetterolf

    This gives the Royals a draft pick and saves some money for extensions. I’m good with that. Hope Erv enjoys Rogers or Camden.

    • Ryan Caltrider

      Ervin will get rocked in Camden.

      • jimfetterolf

        And a few other parks in the AL East. He’ll throw about twenty games in launching pads.

    • goatlockerlifer

      Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports says we’ll get the 50th pick if he signs with the Jays, and the 91st if he signs with the O’s. A little disappointing, if correct. I thought we’d get a higher pick than either of those.

      I think he’s going to miss our D, and the spacious confines of the K.

      • jimfetterolf

        My understanding is the Jays or O’s lose one of those picks, but we still get a comp pick after the regular 1st round.

        Agree on him missing the R’s. Last I saw on mlbtr he’s now maybe going to take a few days before signing, suggesting either a bidding war or another team entering the fray.

        • goatlockerlifer

          OK – that’s more like it re. the draft picks.

          Who could have imagined that a system designed by lawyers and accountants could be so complicated?