Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: Ervin Santana Courting Toronto Blue Jays And Baltimore Orioles



The Ervin Santana free agency saga is apparently coming to a close. Rumors are flying about that Santana is close to signing a deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, or maybe the Baltimore Orioles.

According to MLB Trade Rumors, the Blue Jays and Santana a close to a 1-year $14 million deal, which is what the Kansas City Royals offered him months ago in their qualifying offer at the beginning of free agency.

The deal isn’t done for sure though. ESPN Deportes’ Enrique Rojas tweets that Santana is giving other teams until 3 p.m. CST to make him a better offer. (This is according to MLB Trade Rumors).

Fox Sports Baseball Insiders Ken Rosenthal and John Morosi also weigh in on twitter:




All of this news confirms what was apparent for a while now – the Royals were not serious about signing Santana once he turned down their qualifying offer. They spent their money on Jason Vargas and Omar Infante, plus they flushed over $5 million down the toilet when Luke Hochevar went down for the year with an elbow injury earlier this week.

How Santana will far north of the border is another question altogether. The Toronto defense probably won’t be near as good as the Royals, and the ballpark not as forgiving.

As I write this, the Baltimore Orioles have entered the picture. Chris Coltillo of MLB Daily Dish tweeted this update:

Again, Santana will not be helping his home run tendencies by moving to Baltimore.

It is in the best interests of the Royals if Toronto signs Santana because Kansas City will get a much higher compensatory pick than they will from Baltimore, who because of other signings, have already given away their higher picks.

Regardless, we can all snuff out that flicker of hope that the Royals would somehow re-sign Ervin Santana.

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