Ken Rosenthal tells us that Ervin Santana is willing to sign a one-year contract and would like to sign it right now. And:
Sources add: Santana wants to sign with a strong offensive club. Both #BlueJays and #Orioles fit that description and have shown interest.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 8, 2014
I'm happy Kenny considers us a strong offensive club, since we were about league average in runs scored last year. I would also think that Santana would prefer to pitch in a more pitcher friendly park, if he is going to going to sign a one-year deal and then go through the fun of free agency again after the season.
And he wants to sign now:
Santana unwilling to wait on 1-yr deal, even though he would be exempt from ’14 qualifying offer after Opening Day. Wants to be in camp now.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 8, 2014
I do feel sorry for Ervin, but I really don't want him. I'm not sure how much money he would be wanting. Buster Olney tells us there might be something in his elbow that is putting teams off:
Whatever is in Santana's medical history about his right elbow ligament scares the heck out of teams. The fact that Santana is tied to draft-pick compensation has hurt him, but the bigger problem for him -- and the reason why the $100 million-plus request on his behalf had absolutely no chance of happening -- is that teams are scared of his elbow blowing out soon. Some team evaluators have said there's no way they'd invest significant money in a player who appears to be that close to a major blowout.
Those fears are exacerbated by the fact that Santana threw highest percentage of sliders in 2013 of any pitcher in the majors, a pitch that is notoriously tough on elbows.
We'll put up a poll.
In other pitching news:
#BlueJays sign RHP Radhames Liz to minor league deal. He led Korean majors with 188 strikeouts last year, according to @MyKBO— Matt Eddy (@MattEddyBA) March 8, 2014
Liz is 30 now, he has a 7.50 ERA in the MLB, in 28 games, 21 starts for the Orioles. I figured, if we signed him, he must throw a knuckleball....but I guess not.