SP | 6'2", 185 lbs. |
Birth Date:December 12, 1982 (31 years old) Place of Birth:San Cristobal, DOM
Drafted:Signed by LA Angels in 2000.
Drafted:Signed by LA Angels in 2000.
|Assets:||Has an electric, mid-90s fastball and a nasty, hard slider. Can dominate when he gets on a roll. Generally keeps the ball around the plate.|
|Flaws:||Is woefully inconsistent. His fastball can straighten out at times, and they often take it out of the park. Doesn't trust his off-speed stuff enough.|
|Career Potential:||Talented but inconsistent right-hander.|
Career Honors & Awards
|Named to the All-Star Game||2008|
|California League (A)||Most Valuable Pitcher||2003|
|Class A+||All-Star Team||2003|
|California League (A)||All-Star Team||2003|
|Arizona League (R)||All-Star Team||2001|
Movements & Injuries
|10/31/2013||Filed for free agency.|
|10/31/2012||Los Angeles Angels exercised their contract option for the 2013 season.|
|10/31/2012||Acquired from the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.|
|7/03/2009||Missed 19 games (triceps injury).|
|6/22/2009||Triceps injury, early September.|
|6/15/2009||Forearm injury, day-to-day.|
|5/14/2009||Missed 32 games (elbow injury).|
|3/08/2009||Elbow injury, early September.|
|2/14/2009||Signed by the Los Angeles Angels to a four-year contract extension.|
|3/02/2008||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Angels.|
|8/17/2007||Recalled from Salt Lake (AAA).|
|7/18/2007||Optioned to Salt Lake (AAA).|
|3/02/2007||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a one-year contract.|
|3/02/2006||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a one-year contract.|
|6/14/2005||Recalled from Salt Lake (AAA).|
|5/28/2005||Optioned to Salt Lake (AAA).|
|5/17/2005||Recalled from Arkansas (AA).|
|3/18/2005||Assigned by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to their minor league camp.|
|2/25/2005||Re-signed by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to a one-year contract.|
|11/18/2004||Contract purchased from Arkansas (AA).|
|1/15/2004||Invited to spring training by the Anaheim Angels.|
|10/31/2012||Kansas City Royals traded Brandon Sisk to the Los Angeles Angels for Ervin Santana and cash.|
|9/02/2000||Signed as a undrafted free agent by the Anaheim Angels in 2000.|
Braves could take a look at Ervin Santana | 03/09/2014 6:23 PM
NewsAccording to Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes, with Sunday's injury to Kris Medlen the Braves could take another look at Ervin Santana.
Enrique Rojas on Twitter
ImpactSantana ignited a bidding war on Saturday when he announced that he was now looking to sign a one-year deal, and the Braves would be a nice fit for both sides if Medlen looks to be sidelined for any significant amount of time. Stay tuned, as it may still take a few days for his market to fully play out.
Report: SP Santana prepared to delay signing | 03/08/2014 5:08 PM
NewsJon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that Ervin Santana hasn't set a deadline and is prepared to wait "days" before signing with a team.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactEnrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes passed along earlier in the day that Santana was deciding between the Blue Jays (who reportedly offered a one-year, $14 million deal) and the Orioles (who reportedly offered a one-year deal worth $13 million plus incentives). The free agent right-hander was said to be looking to consummate a deal immediately so that he could begin work with his new club, but perhaps a "mystery team" has entered the fray and given him more options.
Ervin Santana debating between O's and Jays | 03/08/2014 2:30 PM
NewsEnrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that Ervin Santana is debating between accepting offers from the Blue Jays and Orioles.
Enrique Rojas on Twitter
ImpactThe Blue Jays have apparently offered a one-year, $14 million deal, while the O's are said to be on the table with a one-year deal worth $13 million plus incentives. Santana remains eager to get into camp and start pitching, so expect a deal to get done soon one way or the other.
Deal between Santana, Jays not done yet | 03/08/2014 1:21 PM
NewsJon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that while the Blue Jays and Ervin Santana are talking, there has been no deal finalized yet.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactIt had been reported that the two sides came to an agreement on a one-year, $14 million pact, but that appears to be premature at the moment. The free agent right-hander is looking to get a deal done and report to camp quickly, so expect something to be finalized shortly.
Blue Jays ink Ervin Santana to one-year deal | 03/08/2014 12:42 PM
NewsBlue Jays signed RHP Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14 million contract.
Dionisio Soldevila on Twitter
ImpactThe Blue Jays were seen as the front-runners all along once Santana indicated that he was looking to ink a one-year deal and get something done quickly. He helps to solidify the Blue Jays rotation, while giving himself a chance to rebuild his value and hit the free agent market again after the 2014 season.
Rockies not expected to sign Ervin Santana | 03/08/2014 12:05 PM
NewsTroy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies do not plan on signing Ervin Santana.
Troy Renck on Twitter
ImpactThe Rockies were been mentioned as a possibility on Saturday, and admittedly monitored his situation, but will not sign the free agent right-hander. The Blue Jays still appear to be the front-runner for his services.
Santana talking to Jays, O's and one NL team | 03/08/2014 9:51 AM
NewsJon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Ervin Santana is talking to the Blue Jays, Orioles and one unnamed National League team.
ImpactThe Rockies are rumored to be the one National League club that is on the fringe of talks for the free agent right-hander, with the Blue Jays looking like the favorites at this point. It looks increasingly likely that he'll reach a deal within the next day or two.
Orioles unlikely to be signing Ervin Santana | 03/08/2014 9:17 AM
NewsRoch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports that if Ervin Santana indeed signs a one-year deal on Saturday, it will not be with the Orioles.
Roch Kubatko on Twitter
ImpactIf true, that makes the Blue Jays the most logical and likely landing spot for the free agent hurler. Never discount the vaunted "mystery team" swooping in at the last minute though and securing Santana as a one-year bargain.
Ervin Santana closing in on 1-year, $14M deal | 03/08/2014 9:00 AM
NewsDionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes reports that Ervin Santana will sign a one-year, $14 million contract with an American League team.
Dionisio Soldevila on Twitter
ImpactSantana announced Friday that he was willing to take a one-year deal and wanted to get something done quickly so he could get to camp, and apparently he wasn't messing around. The Blue Jays and Orioles are seen as the two most likely destinations.
Ervin Santana shopping for one-year contract | 03/07/2014 8:12 PM
NewsKen Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Ervin Santana is now seeking a one-year contract, and wants to sign someplace as quickly as possible.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactWhile the veteran right-hander will be exempt from draft pick compensation if he waited until after Opening Day, he is anxious to get to camp and start working. A one-year "pillow deal" where he attempts to drive up his value and hit the free agent market again in 2015 makes him a very attractive option for many pitching-starved teams. Rosenthal mentions the Blue Jays and Orioles as strong contenders for his services.
Report: Phillies haven't inquired on Santana | 03/07/2014 5:02 PM
NewsMatt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the Phillies have not inquired about Ervin Santana.
Matt Gelb on Twitter
ImpactIt refutes an earlier report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe. It's possible Cafardo is still right, but Gelb is pretty well-connected with the Phillies. Santana reportedly has fired his former agent and is considering representing himself, and there are also whispers that his medicals are scaring teams off.
Phillies inquiring about Ervin Santana | 03/07/2014 4:09 PM
NewsNick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are inquiring about Ervin Santana.
Nick Cafardo on Twitter
ImpactThe Phillies swooped in and signed A.J. Burnett last month, and it appears they might not be done yet. Cole Hamels' shoulder issues could be prompting the interest in Santana, though the club suspects it's not a serious issue. Santana reportedly has fired his former agent and is considering representing himself. There's also the report from ESPN's Buster Olney that says teams have been scared off by Santana's medicals. However, he could wind up being a nice bargain signing if his price drops enough.
Santana fires agent, could negotiate own deal | 03/07/2014 8:21 AM
NewsESPN Deportes' Dionisio Soldevila reports that Ervin Santana has fired his agent, Bean Stringfellow, and could now negotiate his own contract.
Dionisio Soldevila on Twitter
ImpactIt would be a bold move by Santana, but he's clearly frustrated that he's yet to find a job yet. Some other big news with Santana comes from ESPN's Buster Olney, who says teams "are very leery of his medicals and fear an elbow blowout." He adds that the concern was "so significant that there was never a chance early in winter that he would get close to (his) $100 million asking price." Santana's latest asking price is reportedly $50 million, but he might not get that much, either. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the Mariners, Orioles, Rockies, Rangers, and Blue Jays have all kept in touch with the right-hander.
Blue Jays unlikely to make offer to Santana | 03/06/2014 6:42 PM
NewsGregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Toronto would be considered a realistic landing spot for Ervin Santana only "if his asking price significantly drops."
ImpactGeneral manager Alex Anthopoulos has also indicated that the club is unlikely to make a big free agent move. "Here and there, just more [to] touch base and things like that," Anthopoulos said. "I don't know how you qualify dialogue. You get a text, an email, things like that, an occasional phone call, but I don't think we have anything active." The Jays had been considered the favorites to sign Santana at one point, but Chisholm writes that the righty's $50 million asking price is "too rich for the Blue Jays' liking."
Ervin Santana considering switching agents | 03/06/2014 5:32 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that free agent right-hander Ervin Santana is considering switching agents.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactSantana is currently represented by Bean Stringfellow of Proformance, but it's very possible that he is frustrated that he still hasn't found a contract. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the Mariners, Orioles, Rockies, Rangers, and Blue Jays have all kept in touch about the 31-year-old right-hander, but nothing appears to be imminent.
BAL, SEA, COL, TEX, TOR in on E. Santana | 03/06/2014 3:47 PM
NewsJon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Orioles, Mariners, Rockies, Rangers, and Blue Jays have all remained in contact with free agent Ervin Santana.
ImpactThe 31-year-old right-hander is still believed to be seeking a contract worth close to $50 million, but his asking price may drop as the beginning of the regular season approaches. Santana is working out in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is driving distance from 15 different MLB spring training sites. He registered a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161 strikeouts in 211 innings last season for the Royals.
Orioles maintaining interest in Ervin Santana | 03/06/2014 11:28 AM
NewsAccording to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have maintained interest in Ervin Santana.
ImpactThe O's have already surrendered their first- and second-round picks in 2014 to sign Ubaldo Jimenez and Nelson Cruz, so they might as well dump the third-rounder as well to bring in another rotation upgrade. Santana, 31, posted an impressive 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings last season for the Royals. Baltimore's front office may be waiting for his asking price to drop further.
Santana still seeking four-year, $50M deal | 02/25/2014 9:55 AM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that Ervin Santana is still seeking a contract around four years and $50 million.
ImpactIt's not an unreasonable request given that Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Ricky Nolasco all signed for around the same this offseason. However, Garza and Nolasco did not have draft pick compensation attached. The Orioles, Mariners, Rangers, Rockies, and Blue Jays have all been mentioned as possible landing spots in recent days. Santana has reportedly considered sitting out until June (when he would no longer be attached to a draft pick) before signing with a team, but he's surely hoping it doesn't come to that.
Report: Rockies checked in on Ervin Santana | 02/24/2014 12:11 PM
NewsJon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Rockies have checked in on free agent starter Ervin Santana.
ImpactRockies right-hander Jhoulys Chacin is experiencing shoulder discomfort and headed for tests, so the Colorado front office is scrambling for backup options. Santana has struggled to attract legitimate offers this winter because his free agency is tied to draft pick compensation. The 31-year-old right-hander posted an impressive 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings last season for the Royals.
Santana, Drew, Morales could wait until June | 02/23/2014 7:15 PM
NewsThe agents for free agents Ervin Santana, Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales said Sunday that their clients could wait until after Junes' amateur draft to sign if they don't receive acceptable offers.
ImpactWaiting until after the draft would remove the draft pick compensation that interested teams would have to forfeit in order to sign any of the trio, which should increase the number of interested teams. It could simply be posturing on the part of Scott Boras and Bean Stringfellow, but the overall concept does make sense from the player's perspective.
Grant: Rangers not pursuing Ervin Santana | 02/22/2014 7:30 PM
NewsEvan Grant of the Dallas Morning News hears the Rangers aren't pursuing free agent Ervin Santana.
Evan Grant on Twitter
ImpactIt contradicts an earlier report from ESPN's Enrique Rojas that the Rangers, along with the Orioles and a mystery NL West team, were interested in the right-hander. The Rangers' interest would make sense, given Derek Holland's knee injury and the uncertainty surrouding Matt Harrison, but it's possible they don't want to give up the draft pick associated with signing the 32-year-old. The team may also be worried about Santana, a fly ball pitcher, in Arlington, one of the league's most notorious hitters parks.
Source: Santana won't accept Cruz-like deal | 02/22/2014 6:39 PM
NewsA source tells FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal that Ervin Santana would rather sit out until after June's MLB Draft than accept a deal like Nelson Cruz' reported one-year, $8 million contract.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactSantana turned down the Royals' $14.1 million qualifying offer at the beginning of the offseason, and it appears he's not keen on taking much less than the original offer. If a team signs Santana after the draft the draft-pick compensation tied to the right-hander disappears, making him a more attractive option for teams. Kyle Lohse didn't receive a deal until March last year due largely to the fact he was tied to compensation, but Santana would be the first player to go into the season without a team since the new draft compensation rules were put in place.
Several teams interested in Ervin Santana | 02/22/2014 1:09 PM
NewsEnrique Rojas of ESPN reports that the Orioles, Rangers and one National League West team are "very interested" in Ervin Santana.
Enrique Rojas on Twitter
ImpactRojas also noted that he wouldn't rule out the Blue Jays as a potential player for Santana as well, even though general manager Alex Anthopoulos said this week that the team was unlikely to sign a free agent starting pitcher. With Ubaldo Jimenez off the market, look for Santana to get a deal completed sooner rather than later.
O's have 'maintained dialogue' with Santana | 02/21/2014 10:12 AM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Orioles have "maintained dialogue" with Ervin Santana even after signing Ubaldo Jimenez.
ImpactNow that the O's have already surrendered their first-round draft pick, it appears they may go for broke. Many figured that if they did make another signing it would be for a hitter like Kendrys Morales, but it looks like they're interested in adding more pitching. Heyman says that if they would sign Santana, Baltimore "could possibly move Bud Norris into the closer role, though it isn't clear what they'd do."
Anthopoulos: Jays unlikely to sign FA starter | 02/20/2014 6:43 PM
NewsBlue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the club is unlikely to sign a free agent starting pitcher.
ImpactIt backs up what ESPN's Jayson Stark reported Wednesday. The Jays have long been connected to Ervin Santana and were seen as a likely landing spot for the righty after Ubaldo Jimenez signed with the Orioles, but it doesn't sound like it's going to happen. "We'd like to do it, but we're not going to do it at all costs," Anthopoulos said. "I think it's unlikely at this point. We're getting so late into spring training, (it's) unlikely unless a trade emerges. But again, as the offseason has progressed, we've felt better about the internal options."
Blue Jays unlikely to sign Ervin Santana | 02/19/2014 3:26 PM
NewsJayson Stark of ESPN.com hears from sources that the Blue Jays are unlikely to sign free agent right-hander Ervin Santana.
Could Yankees go after Ervin Santana? | 02/16/2014 1:16 PM
NewsNick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wouldn't be surprised if the Yankees "intensify" their efforts to land Ervin Santana.
ImpactCafardo thinks the Blue Jays "need (Santana) the most," but the Yankees "could really use one more solid starter to finish off their staff." He also lists the Mariners and Orioles and players for the right-hander. With a loss of a draft pick tied to his signing, Santana has struggled to gain much traction on the market.
Royals GM doesn't see fit with Ervin Santana | 02/16/2014 11:53 AM
NewsRoyals general manager Dayton Moore said Sunday that he's maintained contact with Ervin Santana "periodically," but he doesn't "see a fit."
Andy McCullough on Twitter
ImpactTied to draft pick compensation, Santana has struggled to gain as much traction on the free agent market as he had hoped. That's led some to speculating that he could return to the Royals on a lesser deal, but it doesn't sound like it will happen. The Mariners, Orioles and Blue Jays are three clubs known to have interest.
Plethora of teams chasing after Ervin Santana | 02/15/2014 3:31 PM
NewsJon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mariners, Orioles, Blue Jays and a plethora of other teams have expressed interest in free agent hurler Ervin Santana.
ImpactHeyman notes the Indians, Rockies, Royals and many others are also in the mix for his services. It appears that interest in the talented 31-year-old right-hander is increasing rapidly, so there could be a solution to his situation in the coming days.
Mariners looking to add starting pitching | 02/14/2014 8:26 AM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mariners are trying to add another starter and have "touched base" with Ervin Santana.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactHe adds that they have "presumably" talked with Ubaldo Jimenez's representation, as well. The M's have said they don't think Taijuan Walker's shoulder soreness is a big deal, but it's probably not a coincidence that they appear to have upped their pursuit of rotation help following the young righty's ailment. Both Santana and Jimenez would cost Seattle a draft pick, though their first-rounder is protected.
Orioles interest in Santana 'has increased' | 02/11/2014 6:55 PM
NewsDan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles' interest in Ervin Santana "has increased" since they lose out on the Bronson Arroyo bidding.
Dan Connolly on Twitter
ImpactConnolly does add the caveat that while the O's are "still in" on Santana, he's "not sure of (the) intensity" of talks. Baltimore has been in the market for pitching this winter but has thus far failed to add any notable names. Santana would certainly qualify, but he would cost them a draft pick and more money than Arroyo got.
Ervin Santana not close to signing new deal | 02/10/2014 12:26 PM
NewsTim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors heard from a source that Ervin Santana negotiations are "still in diapers."
Tim Dierkes on Twitter
ImpactThere was a rumor this weekend suggesting that Santana was close to agreeing to terms with a team, but that does not appear to be the case. The 31-year-old right-hander posted an outstanding 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings last season for the Royals, but his market has been slow-moving because he's tied to draft pick compensation. The Orioles, Rockies, Yankees, Mariners, and Dodgers have all been linked to him this winter.
Blue Jays not closing in on deal with Santana | 02/09/2014 10:59 PM
NewsAccording to Mike Wilner, the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Blue Jays, Toronto is not one of the teams closing in on a deal with free agent hurler Ervin Santana.
Mike Wilner on Twitter
ImpactReportedly, there are several teams closing in on a team with the veteran right-hander, but the Blue Jays don't appear to be one of them. The Orioles, Rockies, Yankees, Mariners and Dodgers have all expressed interest in his services at one point or another this offseason.
Orioles could become aggressive this week | 02/09/2014 10:47 PM
NewsChris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Orioles could make an aggressive play for a free agent starting pitcher this week.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
ImpactThey have been kicking the tires already on Ervin Santana, and have shown interest in Ubaldo Jimenez as well. With the market for available starting pitching beginning to dry up, trying to strike quickly and ensure they aren't left out cold would be a wise move for a team intent on adding quality depth to their rotation.
Orioles could be interested in Ervin Santana | 02/07/2014 10:11 PM
NewsChris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Orioles are "kicking the tires" on free agent hurler Ervin Santana.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
ImpactThe O's have been searching for an additional arm to strengthen their rotation, and with Santana's asking price falling, they'd be foolish to not explore the possibility. The Blue Jays, Rockies, Mariners, Yankees and Dodgers could also be in the mix for the 31-year-old's services.
Santana's asking price drops 'significantly' | 02/04/2014 10:25 AM
NewsBuster Olney of ESPN.com reports that the asking price for free agent right-hander Ervin Santana has dropped "significantly," perhaps to a three-year deal.
Buster Olney on Twitter
Rockies have 'mild' interest in Ervin Santana | 01/27/2014 11:25 PM
NewsTroy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have "mild interest" in Ervin Santana.
ImpactHe adds, however, that the Rockies "are not pursuing (Santana) at his current price," which Renck presumes will be at least what Matt Garza (four years, $50 million) got. The Rox are also hesitant to give up a draft pick to sign the right-hander. The Cubs, Orioles, Mariners, Yankees, Dodgers and Blue Jays have all expressed a degree of interest in Santana this offseason.
Cubs may be interested in Ervin Santana | 01/26/2014 11:02 PM
NewsChris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Cubs have inquired on free agent right-hander Ervin Santana.
Chris Cotillo on Twitter
ImpactCotillo notes that it's not a likely landing spot for the 31-year-old hurler, but that it's "not impossible" he could wind up there. The Rockies, Orioles, Mariners, Yankees and Dodgers have all expressed interest at some point this offseason, and the Blue Jays are also considered to be an obvious fit.
Blue Jays 'not done yet' in hunt for starter | 01/25/2014 6:06 PM
NewsDespite being largely inactive thus far this offseason, Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos said the team isn't finished in its search for starting pitching help.
Impact"We're certainly not done yet," Anthopoulos said. "Hopefully we'll be able to add a little bit more, but at the same time we're not going to force anything." The Jays have yet to improve on a rotation that recorded a 4.81 ERA in 2013, but some options still remain on the free agent market in the form of Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez, among others. Santana has yet to draw major interest in free agency, but that could change soon with camps on the horizon and some of the other big-time free agent starters off the market.
Orioles looking at Santana, Arroyo, Jimenez | 01/24/2014 5:13 PM
NewsDan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Orioles have had "recent, active dialogue" with the agents of a few starters, including Ervin Santana, Bronson Arroyo and Ubaldo Jimenez.
Dan Connolly on Twitter
ImpactConnolly does add the caveat that the O's are "still not sure the prices are where they want/hope them to be" at this point. It's clear that they're in search for rotation help, though, and are leaving no stone unturned. Santana would be the priciest of the group, as Yahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reported that, as of a week ago, the righty was seeking a four-year deal in the $60 million range.
Report: Santana sought 4-year, $60 contract | 01/23/2014 2:19 PM
NewsYahoo! Sports' Jeff Passan reported that free agent right-hander Ervin Santana "was seeking a four-year deal in the $60M range" one week ago.
Jeff Passan on Twitter
Impact"Chances of him getting anything close growing slimmer," Passan tweeted, an obvious reference to the Brewers' signing of Matt Garza for four years and $52 million. Unlike Garza, the team that signs Santana will forfeit a first-round draft pick. His market isn't turning out to be nearly as prosperous as once assumed. Santana rejected Kansas City's one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer after the season reportedly seeking a multi-year deal worth more than $100 million.
NYY, BAL, MIN asked for Santana medicals | 01/13/2014 2:25 PM
NewsKen Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Yankees, Orioles and Twins recently requested medical records on free agent right-hander Ervin Santana.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactRosenthal adds, however, that the Yankees were just doing "due diligence" and aren't considering making a serious offer because Santana is too much of a flyball pitcher for their cozy home ballpark. The Twins are also unlikely to sign Santana because of budgetary concerns. That leaves the Orioles, who should have some money to spend. The Blue Jays have also been mentioned recently as a potential suitor.
Blue Jays likely to sign Santana or Jimenez | 01/05/2014 8:40 AM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays are a "leading candidate" to sign either Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez.
ImpactThe Blue Jays' two first-round draft picks -- Nos. 9 and 11 -- are both protected, so they'd only have to forfeit a second-rounder (and the accompanying pool money) to sign either pitcher. The club has also talked to the Cubs about a trade for Jeff Samardzija as they attempt to upgrade their rotation. At last check, both Santana and Jimenez were looking for $17+ million per season.
Indians won't give up draft pick to sign SP | 12/20/2013 8:34 AM
NewsESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Diamondbacks are "among many teams" that won't give up a draft pick to sign Ervin Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez.
Buster Olney on Twitter
ImpactThe D'Backs met with Santana's representatives at the Winter Meetings, but it appears things won't go any farther than that. They've already traded away three young players in recent weeks, so signing someone like Matt Garza (who won't cost a draft pick) might be Arizona's best option as they look to add a starter.
Royals unlikely to bring back Ervin Santana | 12/19/2013 12:27 PM
NewsESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals are at their payroll limit, making it very unlikely that the team will bring back free agent starter Ervin Santana.
Jerry Crasnick on Twitter
ImpactThe Royals have already spent a lot of money signing Jason Vargas and Omar Infante. Santana continues to draw interest from the Mariners but the Mets and Diamondbacks have indicated interest recently as well. Santana, 31, would benefit from a market scarcity if Japan's Rakuten Golden Eagle's decide not to post superstar Masahiro Tanaka.
Mariners have 'continued interest' in Santana | 12/18/2013 5:52 PM
NewsAccording to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Mariners are showing "continued interest" in Ervin Santana.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactRays left-hander David Price is apparently out of reach, so the M's will look to make a rotation upgrade in free agency. Santana posted a fantastic 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161/51 K/BB ratio across 211 innings this past year for Kansas City. He's said to be seeking a five-year, $112 million contract, but that price should soon drop.
Report: Mets speaking with SP Ervin Santana | 12/11/2013 6:11 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Mets have met with the agent for free agent right-hander Ervin Santana.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactThe Mets, having just agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract with Bartolo Colon, are extending their search for rotation reinforcements. This one would slot at the top. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported last month that Santana's asking price is five years and $112 million. Santana, 30, posted a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings this past year for Kansas City.
Ervin Santana asking for five years, $112M | 11/13/2013 10:15 AM
NewsCBS Sports' Jon Heyman hears that Ervin Santana's asking price is five years and $112 million.
ImpactJoel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing the same thing. Santana's agents arrived at the figure in part due to a comparison to Zack Greinke, who received a six-year, $147 million deal from the Dodgers last offseason. Santana is one of the top free agent pitchers available this offseason along with Ubaldo Jimenez and Matt Garza, but it would be a surprise if the bidding got that high for his services.
Ervin Santana declines KC's qualifying offer | 11/11/2013 1:31 PM
NewsErvin Santana declined the Royals' qualifying offer.
Jon Morosi on Twitter
ImpactSantana is seeking a multi-year deal worth more than $100 million and the qualifying offer was for just one year at $14.1 million. Because he declined the Royals' offer, his free agency is now tied to draft pick compensation. Santana, 30, posted a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings this past year for Kansas City.
Report: Ervin Santana seeking $100M deal | 11/07/2013 7:56 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Ervin Santana is seeking more than $100 million on a five-year contract.
ImpactMLB clubs are flooded with cash right now, and Santana is arguably the top starter on the market after Masahiro Tanaka. Still, it would be a surprise if he's able to net that kind of deal. Santana made $13 million this season for the Royals while putting up a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161/51 K/BB ratio over 211 innings.
Royals extend qualifying offer to Santana | 11/04/2013 5:03 PM
NewsThe Royals extended a qualifying offer to Ervin Santana.
Bob Dutton on Twitter
ImpactAn expected move. Santana will turn down the one-year, $14.1 million contract offer and seek a multi-year pact on the open market. The Royals could proffer a long-term proposal, but they will be easily overbid if a big-market team makes signing Santana an off-season priority. Kansas City will receive a compensatory pick if Santana signs elsewhere.
Royals will give Santana qualifying offer | 11/01/2013 9:52 AM
NewsRoyals general manager Dayton Moore said Thursday that the club will extend a qualifying offer to Ervin Santana.
Kansas City Star
ImpactIt's no surprise, of course. It will also be no surprise when Santana turns it down and seeks a multi-year contract. The two sides are interested in each other, but the right-hander might ultimately prove to be too expensive to retain. Santana had a big bounce-back season in 2013, holding a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161/51 K/BB ratio over 211 innings.
Royals are officially eliminated from WC race | 09/26/2013 1:00 AM
NewsErvin Santana coughed up four runs over six innings of Wednesday's loss to the Mariners.
ImpactAnd with that, the Royals are officially eliminated from playoff contention. We expect them to be a contender in 2014, but it's unclear if Santana will still be helping them at that point. Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore has stated publicly his desire to retain the right-handed free-agent-to-be next season, but Santana will have plenty of suitors. Santana, who earned $13 million this season, finishes the 2013 campaign 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 161/51 K/BB ratio over 211 innings.
Santana allows one run in no-decision vs. TEX | 09/20/2013 11:21 PM
NewsErvin Santana allowed one run over 7 1/3 innings Friday against the Rangers, but was handed a no-decision.
ImpactThe only run scored on an RBI double by A.J. Pierzynski in the top of the second inning. Santana allowed five hits and one walk while striking out four, but just didn't get much help from his offense. He'll carry a 3.16 ERA into his final start of the regular season next week against the Mariners.
Ervin Santana stellar in victory over Tigers | 09/14/2013 9:48 PM
NewsErvin Santana was brilliant on Saturday, twirling 6 2/3 scoreless innings to defeat the Division-leading Tigers.
ImpactSantana surrendered just five singles and a walk while punching out five on the evening. The veteran right-hander has excelled in his first season in Kansas City, registering a 3.23 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 155/46 K/BB ratio over his 197 2/3 innings of work. He'll look to carry over the momentum from this fine outing when he does battle against the Rangers at home on Friday.
KC GM: We will try to bring back SP Santana | 09/11/2013 10:24 AM
NewsKansas City general manager Dayton Moore said that the Royals will attempt to bring back Ervin Santana next season.
Kansas City Star
Impact"We'll see how that goes," Moore said. "Obviously, he's a free agent. I think he likes it here. We certainly like him. It's just a matter of working hard and trying to make it work." The Royals are expected to make Santana a qualifying offer, which means they'll receive draft pick compensation if he signs elsewhere. The right-hander, who is earning $13 million this season, is open to returning. "Great people," Santana said of Kansas City. "Great teammates. The training staff is incredible. It's a good town for baseball. There's not much to do except focus on baseball. That's very good." The denizens of the Power & Light District probably disagree that there isn't much to do in downtown Kansas City, but the guess here is that they'll welcome Santana back all the same.
Santana stumbles in no-decision vs. Mariners | 09/04/2013 11:48 PM
NewsErvin Santana allowed four runs in just 3 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Mariners on Wednesday.
ImpactSantana didn't bring much to the table on Wednesday, giving up seven hits and three walks while not registering a single strikeout. It was a misstep, but he's been strong down the stretch so the start can largely be disregarded. He'll try to get back on track at the Indians on Monday.
Santana pitches well, fans six Jays in loss | 08/30/2013 9:36 PM
NewsErvin Santana pitched well in a losing effort against the Blue Jays on Friday, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits in his seven innings of work.
ImpactSantana racked up six strikeouts on the evening while walking a pair. The Jays jumped on top with a two-run single by Adam Lind in the first inning, and tacked on another in the fifth. While his record sits at just 8-8, Santana has been extremely impressive for the Royals this season, posting a 3.19 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 143/42 K/BB ratio over his 180 2/3 innings. He'll draw the Mariners at home on Wednesday in his next start.
Santana lasts just 3 2/3 innings vs. Red Sox | 08/10/2013 12:04 AM
NewsErvin Santana lasted just 3 2/3 innings in Friday's no-decision against the Red Sox, getting knocked around to the tune of six runs on nine hits.
ImpactSantana walked two and struck out a pair in the abbreviated outing. The Red Sox jumped on him early and often in this one, scoring a run in the first, a pair in the second and three more in the fourth before Santana hit the showers. Even with this brutal effort, he still owns a terrific 3.25 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 122/36 K/BB ratio on the season. He'll try to put this one behind him and get back in the win column when he does battle against the Marlins at home on Wednesday.
Santana fires 6 frames of 1-run ball in win | 08/04/2013 4:46 PM
NewsErvin Santana fired six innings of one-run ball in a victory Sunday against the Mets.
ImpactSantana struck out five, walked three and scattered five hits in his 17th quality start of the season. The Royals elected to retain the free-agent-to-be past the trade deadline in an attempt to make a late push for a postseason entry. At 56-52, Kansas City is right in the thick of contention. Santana has done his part, going 8-6 with a 2.97 ERA and 1.07 WHIP.
Santana allows two runs in victory over Twins | 07/30/2013 11:18 PM
NewsErvin Santana allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings in a victory against the Twins on Tuesday.
ImpactHe struck out eight and walked one. The Royals appear likely to keep the free-agent-to-be, despite reports that they had shopped him earlier this month. Santana improves to 7-6 to go with a 3.03 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.
Royals 'now unlikely to trade' Ervin Santana | 07/29/2013 11:03 AM
NewsAccording to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Royals "are now unlikely to trade" starter Ervin Santana.
ImpactKansas City had been shopping the right-hander but a recent run of success has the club in buy and not sell mode heading into the July 31 trade deadline. Santana, 30, owns a brilliant 3.06 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 107/30 K/BB ratio in 138 1/3 innings this season for the 51-51 Royals. He can become a free agent in November.
Royals' price for Ervin Santana is high | 07/26/2013 12:45 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals' asking price for Ervin Santana is "maybe even higher" than what the Cubs got for Matt Garza.
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactIt's not that surprising, as the Royals still think they're in the playoff hunt and won't give up Santana cheaply. However, if they stick to their guns with their asking price, it seems unlikely that the righty is dealt. That's probably OK with the Royals, as they'll hope to make a playoff push over the next couple months and then get a draft pick for Santana.
Santana keeps rolling in no-decision vs. O's | 07/24/2013 10:56 PM
NewsErvin Santana allowed three runs -- one earned -- in eight innings in a no-decision against the Orioles on Wednesday.
ImpactSantana turned in his second straight nice start after getting blasted right before the break. The right-hander gave up seven hits and two walks in his eight innings, striking out three. His name has been thrown around in trade rumors but he'll likely have at least one more start with his current team, taking on the Twins at Target Field on Tuesday.
Royals listening to offers for Ervin Santana | 07/24/2013 6:37 PM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Royals would move Ervin Santana "for the right offer."
Ken Rosenthal on Twitter
ImpactThe Royals aren't ready to abandon their playoff hopes even though they're right games out of first place, but apparently they'll consider moving the impending free agent for the right price. Santana is pitching very well in his walk year, posting a 3.18 ERA and 1.09 WHIP over 19 starts.
Ervin Santana terrific in victory over Tigers | 07/19/2013 11:36 PM
NewsErvin Santana was terrific in Friday's victory over the Tigers, scattering two hits and a walk over 7 1/3 scoreless innings.
ImpactSantana racked up six strikeouts in the impressive outing. He's been one of the biggest factors towards the Royals success this season, posting a 3.18 ERA and 104/28 K/BB ratio over 130 1/3 innings. He'll look to carry over the momentum from this outing when he takes on the Orioles at home on Wednesday.
Santana gives up eight runs in loss to Yanks | 07/11/2013 4:18 PM
NewsErvin Santana was hammered for a season-high eight runs in five-plus innings Thursday in a loss to the Yankees.
ImpactHe struck out four and walked three in the loss. The final run scored after Santana gave up back-to-back singles to begin the sixth and was pulled from the ballgame. This was the first time since May 28 that he had allowed even more than three earned runs in a start. Still, he'll finish the first half with a surprising 3.37 ERA.
Santana takes no-decision against Athletics | 07/06/2013 4:59 PM
NewsErvin Santana was handed a no-decision Saturday after he allowed three runs over seven innings against the Athletics.
ImpactSantana struck out five and walked a pair. While his ERA went up from 2.84 to 2.90, he has allowed three earned runs or fewer in seven consecutive starts. He'll make his final start of a surprising first half when he faces the Yankees next Thursday on the road.
Santana stays on roll in no-decision vs. ATL | 06/26/2013 1:01 AM
NewsErvin Santana delivered another quality start on Tuesday, allowing three runs in six innings in a no-decision against the Braves.
ImpactSantana was denied a win for his efforts, but the right-hander continued his fabulous 2013 with his fifth straight quality start. Santana gave up six hits and three walks while striking out seven, actually raising his season numbers to a 2.74 ERA and 1.01 WHIP through 15 starts. He's criminally just 5-5 in those starts, though, and he'll seek his sixth win in Minnesota against the Twins on Sunday.
Santana good again in no-decision vs. Indians | 06/18/2013 10:11 PM
NewsErvin Santana allowed just one run over seven innings but didn't get the win, settling for a no-decision against the Indians on Tuesday.
ImpactSantana was in line for his sixth win of the year before Kelvin Herrera imploded in relief. It still doesn't take away from another stellar start from the right-hander, who allowed just three hits and two walks, striking out six. He now owns a 2.64 ERA and 0.98 WHIP through 14 starts. He'll take the mound again Tuesday in an interleague matchup with the Braves.
Ervin Santana shuts down Rays in victory | 06/13/2013 10:33 PM
NewsErvin Santana limited the Rays to an unearned run over 7 2/3 innings to pick up a victory on Thursday.
ImpactSantana has managed to overcome last month's homer barrage and allowing just four runs -- two earned -- over 21 innings in his last three starts. He's also given up only one homer in that span after allowing nine in his four losses in May. He's back up to .500 for the season now at 5-5 with a 2.74 ERA. He's fifth in the AL with a 1.00 WHIP.
Ervin Santana goes seven strong vs. Astros | 06/08/2013 10:29 PM
NewsErvin Santana held the Astros to two runs over seven innings Saturday in the Royals' 7-2 victory.
ImpactSantana struck out six batters without issuing a walk and scattered one double and four singles. The 30-year-old right-hander hit some rough patches in late May but now owns an impressive 2.99 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 68/13 K/BB ratio through 84 1/3 innings this season. Santana should keep it going next time out against the Rays.
Santana plagued by homers again vs. Cardinals | 05/28/2013 10:21 PM
NewsErvin Santana allowed four runs, including three home runs, over 7 1/3 innings as the Royals lost to the Cardinals on Tuesday.
ImpactSantana has now allowed seven home runs in his past two starts after limiting opponents to six bombs through his first eight starts of the year. Despite the propensity for serving up dingers, Santana has been able to limit the damage and stay relatively effective, and even after the loss he still has a 3.33 ERA. His success going forward -- as it has always been -- will be dependent on his ability to keep the ball in the park. His next start will come against the Rangers on Sunday.
Santana earns quality start, loses anyway | 05/19/2013 12:17 AM
NewsErvin Santana notched another quality start on Saturday but took the loss in Kansas City's 2-1 setback in Oakland.
ImpactSantana spun seven innings of two-run ball, striking out five and allowing four hits and three walks. He didn't surrender a home run, which has been perhaps the biggest reason he's turned around his career in Kansas City. After leading the league in long-balls allowed in 2012 with 39, Santana has given up just six thus far; and three of those were in his season debut. The resurgent right-hander is 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA and 1.08 WHIP over eight starts.
Santana quality again in no-decision vs. O's | 05/07/2013 10:57 PM
NewsErvin Santana earned a quality start on Tuesday but took a no-decision, allowing three runs over six innings as the Royals lost to the Orioles.
ImpactIt was Santana's worst start since his first start of the season, but even in his worst starts he hasn't been all that bad. Santana's success has been due mainly to his ability to limit the long ball -- he's allowed just one home run since that opening start. He now owns a 2.36 ERA and 1.07 WHIP and should be owned in all leagues. He'll take the mound Sunday against the Yankees in his next start.
Ervin Santana dominant in victory over Tribe | 04/27/2013 10:17 PM
NewsErvin Santana turned in a dominating performance in Saturday's win over the Indians, surrendering only six hits over seven scoreless innings.
ImpactSantana racked up six strikeouts on the evening without walking a batter. He's been extremely impressive through his first five starts as a Royal, compiling a 3-1 record, 2.00 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 31/5 K/BB ratio through his first 36 innings. He's been a big part of the Royals early season success and has provided tremendous returns for fantasy owners who gambled on him on draft day. He'll look to keep rolling when he does battle against the Rays at home on Thursday.
Indians and Royals postponed due to rain | 04/26/2013 7:54 PM
NewsFriday's game between the Indians and Royals was postponed due to rain.
Jordan Bastian on Twitter
ImpactThe game will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Sunday. Friday's scheduled starters, Ervin Santana and Scott Kazmir will presumably be pushed back to start on Saturday.
Ervin Santana continues strong start | 04/22/2013 1:36 PM
NewsErvin Santana continued his strong start to the season by yielding just two runs over seven frames in Sunday's 4-2 victory over the Red Sox.
ImpactSantana allowed six hits and struck out seven without issuing a free pass. The right-hander has been fantastic over his last three outings and now boasts a 2.48 ERA and 1.07 WHIP for the season. He'll try to keep it going later this week against the Indians.
Ervin Santana goes eight in no-decision | 04/14/2013 5:04 PM
NewsErvin Santana yielded two runs -- one earned -- in eight innings Sunday in a no-decision.
ImpactSantana went eight innings for the second straight start, but he didn't stay in quite long enough today, as the Royals didn't get their third run until the bottom of the ninth. Of the 109 pitches he threw, 74 were strikes.
Ervin Santana goes eight strong | 04/08/2013 7:10 PM
NewsErvin Santana held the Twins to one run over eight strong innings in Monday's 3-1 victory.
ImpactSantana gave up eight hits, walked one and struck out seven. The right-hander has now put up two solid starts to begin the season and has struck out a batter per inning. If he can stop giving up so many homers (he allowed three in his first start), a bounce-back year is possible. Santana gets the Blue Jays next.
Ervin Santana gives up three homers in loss | 04/03/2013 5:10 PM
NewsMaking his Royals debut, Ervin Santana gave up three homers and four runs in six innings on his way to taking a loss to the White Sox on Wednesday.
ImpactSantana struck out eight, and he gave up just two hits that didn't leave the yard. Still, it's tough to overcome three homers. Of course, it's nothing new for Santana, who gave up a whopping 39 homers in 178 innings for the Angels last year. He'll probably be a respectable middle-of-the-rotation guy for the Royals, but they were hoping for more.
Ervin Santana shaky vs. Reds | 03/28/2013 7:24 PM
NewsErvin Santana allowed two runs over four frames Thursday against the Reds.
ImpactHe permitted too many baserunners, giving up seven hits while walking one. Santana put up a 4.70 ERA during Cactus League play, but he managed a nice 21/4 K/BB ratio over 23 innings. He should have some AL-only value this season.
Ervin Santana rocked by Rangers | 03/18/2013 11:33 PM
NewsErvin Santana was knocked around for six runs over four innings against the Rangers Monday.
ImpactHe allowed 10 hits -- including a home run -- and a walk while striking out a pair. Santana had been fantastic in his first three Cactus League outings before tonight's slip-up, so we'll cut him a little slack. He now has a 5.54 ERA and 15/2 K/BB ratio over 13 spring innings.
Ervin Santana looks good Thursday | 03/07/2013 6:28 PM
NewsErvin Santana struck out four over three innings of one-run ball in Thursday's loss to the Mariners.
ImpactSantana gave up three hits and didn't walk anyone. The right-hander has looked strong so far in his first two spring appearances, allowing just the one run while striking out six over five frames. He's hoping to bounce back in 2013 after a disappointing 2012 campaign.
Ervin Santana throws two scoreless frames | 03/01/2013 8:06 PM
NewsErvin Santana tossed two scoreless innings Friday against the Reds.
ImpactMaking his spring debut, Santana allowed just one hit while walking one and striking out a pair. The 30-year-old right-hander posted a disappointing 5.16 ERA last season while serving up a league-leading 39 homers, but the Royals acquired him in hopes of a bounce back. It's a pretty big financial risk, as they are responsible for $12 million of his $13 million salary this season.
|Date||Team||Opp||GS||DEC||YTD W||YTD L||YTD SV||YTD ERA||CG||SHO||IP||H||R||ER||HR||BB||K||Status|
Career Regular Season Statistics
2013 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Starting)||8.0||3 times-last:vs. Bal||last:Jul 24||9.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Starting)||8||3 times-last:at Min||last:Jul 30||11|
Career Highs (SEASON)
|Games||33||3 times-last: 2011 (Ana)|
|Innings Pitched||228.2||2011 (Ana)|
|Games Started||33||3 times-last: 2011 (Ana)|
|Completed Games||4||2 times-last: 2011 (Ana)|
|Hits Allowed||221||2010 (Ana)|
|Runs Allowed||109||2012 (Ana)|
|Earned Runs Allowed||102||2012 (Ana)|
|Home Runs Allowed||39||2012 (Ana)|
|Earned Run Average||3.24||2013 (KC)|