current status: Off season (on 40-man roster)
SP | 6'2", 185 lbs. | Minnesota
Birth Date:December 12, 1982 (32 years old) Place of Birth:San Cristobal, DOM
Drafted:Signed by LA Angels in 2000.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
Drafted:Signed by LA Angels in 2000.
Acquired:Acquired as a free agent in 2014.
|Assets:||Has an electric, mid-90's fastball and a nasty, hard slider. Can dominate when he gets on a roll. Generally keeps the ball around the plate. Can log plenty of innings.|
|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 nearly 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
|12/12/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Twins to a four-year contract.|
|11/10/2014||Filed for free agency.|
|5/10/2014||Missed 3 games (right thumb injury).|
|5/06/2014||Right thumb injury, day-to-day.|
|4/09/2014||Recalled from Gwinnett (AAA).|
|3/29/2014||Optioned to Gwinnett (AAA).|
|3/12/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Braves to a one-year contract.|
|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.|
|12/12/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Minnesota Twins.|
|3/12/2014||Signed as a free agent by the Atlanta Braves.|
|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.|
The Mets tagged Braves right-hander Ervin Santana for five runs over five innings on Sunday. | 09/21/2014 6:58 PM
NewsThe Mets tagged Braves right-hander Ervin Santana for five runs over five innings on Sunday.
ImpactSantana allowed only six hits, but two doubles and a home run. He has lost three straight decisions and has dropped to 14-10 as the Braves continue to struggle in Septemeber.
Braves right-hander Ervin Santana has been fantastic at home this season, but has struggled during his previous three starts, overall. | 09/15/2014 11:01 AM
NewsBraves right-hander Ervin Santana has been fantastic at home this season, but has struggled during his previous three starts, overall.
ImpactSantana owns a healthy 14-8 record with a 3.76 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 2014, and is even better at Turner Field (10-2, 3.51 ERA). However, heading into tonight's start against the Nationals, Santana is coming of a string of three starts where he has posted a 1-1 record and a rough ERA of 5.29. Owners will be hoping for some home cooking tonight, to get Santana back on track.
Braves starter Ervin Santana wasn't very good, but managed to notch his 14th win of the season by going six inning in a 7-4 Atlanta victory. | 09/03/2014 3:38 PM
NewsBraves starter Ervin Santana wasn't very good, but managed to notch his 14th win of the season by going six inning in a 7-4 Atlanta victory.
ImpactSantana raised his record to 14-7 with a 3.61 ERA. He's never been a huge strikeout guy, but his four strikeouts on Wednesday gives him 159 in 174 1/3 IP.
Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out nine and allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings Wednesday against the Dodgers to improve to 12-6. | 08/13/2014 10:18 PM
NewsBraves starter Ervin Santana struck out nine and allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings Wednesday against the Dodgers to improve to 12-6.
ImpactWith one of the lowest strikeout rates in baseball, Santana was bound to see his strikeout rate improve. He's struck out 40 batters in his last 34 innings and 137 in 150 innings on the year. The right-hander has won seven of his last eight decisions, including five straight.
A stellar performance from Braves starter Ervin Santana, going eight innings, yielding five hits, zero runs, zero walks and 11 strikeouts. | 07/28/2014 2:53 PM
NewsA stellar performance from Braves starter Ervin Santana, going eight innings, yielding five hits, zero runs, zero walks and 11 strikeouts.
ImpactTemper the enthusiasm as it was against the awful San Diego Padres offense, but he has struck out 21 batters in his last two starts and won his third in a row.
Braves starter Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings in a win over the Marlins Wednesday night. | 07/23/2014 10:07 PM
NewsBraves starter Ervin Santana struck out 10 batters and allowed one run on six hits over 7 1/3 innings in a win over the Marlins Wednesday night.
ImpactSantana (9-6, 3.87 ERA) has a career-high chase rate and a career-low contact rate, which have resulted in his best K/9 since 2008 (7.81). He's allowed just 0.66 HR/9 after giving up at least 0.93 HR/9 in every season in his career.
Santana goes six innings in victory | 07/18/2014 11:33 PM
NewsErvin Santana gave up four runs (three earned) over six innings in Friday's 6-4 win over the Phillies.
ImpactIt was his third win in his last four starts. Santana wasn't at his best, giving up six hits and three walks while striking out just one batter, but he managed to avoid disaster. Meanwhile, the Braves' offense did their job against A.J. Burnett. The 31-year-old owns a 4.03 ERA and 97/34 K/BB ratio in 116 innings over 18 starts this season. He'll face the Marlins at home in his next outing.
Santana takes a loss, allowing 4 ER to Mets | 07/09/2014 9:41 PM
NewsErvin Santana fell to 7-6 after relenting four runs over seven innings in Wednesday's loss against the Mets.
ImpactSantana was strong over the first six innings, giving up just one run, but the Mets got to him with a three-run seventh inning. The right-hander gave up six hits -- including Travis d'Arnaud's two-run home run -- while walking two and striking out four. Santana now has a 4.01 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a 96/31 K/BB ratio. When the team returns after the All-Star break, Santana will match up against the Phillies at home in his next start.
Santana gives up two runs in win over D'Backs | 07/04/2014 11:51 PM
NewsErvin Santana gave up two runs over 7 1/3 innings in a 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks on Friday.
ImpactSantana allowed six hits and one walk while striking six batters. The first run scored on a wild pitch in the second inning while the second scored on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning after Luis Avilan came on in relief. Santana was a bit shaky from mid-May through mid-June, but he has now reeled off four straight quality starts to pull his ERA back down to 3.93 for the year. He should have a good chance to keep it going with a start against the light-hitting Mets on tap for next week.
Ervin Santana fans nine in loss to Nationals | 06/22/2014 4:32 PM
NewsErvin Santana allowed three runs while striking out nine in a loss to the Nationals on Sunday.
ImpactSantana allowed six hits and a walk. He's still winless in the month of June, as the loss pulled his record to an even 5-5. The right-hander owns a 4.15 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 81/27 K/BB ratio in 89 innings this year. He'll take on another division rival, the Phillies, when the clubs meet in Philadelphia on Saturday.
Santana outdueled by Kendrick in loss to PHI | 06/17/2014 10:42 PM
NewsErvin Santana fell to 5-4, allowing four runs (three earned) over six innings in Tuesday's loss to the Phillies.
ImpactSantana fell behind quickly, serving up a two-run homer to Ryan Howard in the first inning. The Braves weren't doing much at the plate to support him offensively. Overall, the right-hander allowed eight hits, walked three, and struck out five. Santana will take a 4.12 ERA with a 72/26 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Nationals on the road.
Ervin Santana gives up six runs in loss | 06/12/2014 6:24 PM
NewsDespite recording eight strikeouts, Ervin Santana was tagged for six runs in 6 1/3 innings by the Rockies on Thursday.
ImpactIt was just Santana's second career start at Coors Field, but both have produced ugly lines (he gave up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings there two years ago). Today's outing would have been a quality start had he been removed after six, but his pitch count was so low that the Braves had no intention of doing so. He gave up three runs while retiring just one batter in the seventh. Despite some recent struggles, Santana should be kept active in mixed leagues for his upcoming home start against the Phils.
Ervin Santana limits Arizona to one run | 06/08/2014 2:24 AM
NewsErvin Santana didn't factor into the decision Saturday after allowing just an unearned run over seven innings against Arizona.
ImpactIt was Santana's best start in almost a month, and he was in line for the win when he left, but Craig Kimbrel coughed up the lead in the ninth. Santana was a bit wild tonight, throwing strikes on just 58 of his 100 pitches, but he was able to generate 14 outs on the ground, plus the one that Dan Uggla booted.
Santana allows three runs but Braves win | 05/31/2014 7:51 PM
NewsErvin Santana yielded three earned runs in six innings but the Braves beat the Marlins 9-5 on Saturday.
ImpactIt was another so-so outing for Santana, who gave up seven hits and walked two. He has surrendered 20 earned runs in 23 innings spanning his last four starts. The right-hander will aim for better results next time out when he faces the Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
Santana gives up six runs Monday vs. BoSox | 05/26/2014 6:48 PM
NewsErvin Santana yielded six runs over five innings Monday against the Red Sox.
ImpactSantana was given a 6-1 lead at one point, but he gave it all back in the sixth inning by allowing a two-run single to Dustin Pedroia and a three-run homer to David Ortiz. He has allowed 12 runs in 12 innings over his last two starts, bringing his ERA from 2.76 to 4.06 on the year. He'll attempt to get back on track this weekend against the Marlins on the road.
Santana struggles again, takes second loss | 05/21/2014 9:47 PM
NewsErvin Santana earned his second consecutive loss, allowing six runs in seven innings in Wednesday's start against the Brewers.
ImpactSantana has put up back-to-back clunkers. He fell behind early with a first-inning grand slam to Mark Reynolds and later served up a two-run home run to Carlos Gomez. On the night, Santana allowed nine hits, walked four (a season-high), and struck out only two (a season-low). The right-hander will look to get back on the right back in next week's home start against the Red Sox.
Santana picks up first loss with shaky outing | 05/16/2014 11:27 PM
NewsErvin Santana earned his first loss of the season, surrendering five runs over five innings against the Cardinals on Friday.
ImpactThe outing is Santana's worst as a Brave. The right-hander surrendered a season-high ten hits, walked one, and struck out a season-low three. Santana has otherwise been excellent for the Braves, however, carrying a 2.76 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. He'll look to pick up his fifth win of the season in his next outing against the Brewers at home.
| 05/11/2014 3:33 AM
NewsErvin Santana returned to action on Saturday May 10.
Ervin Santana cruises, Braves top Cubs 2-0 | 05/10/2014 10:44 PM
NewsErvin Santana pitched seven innings of shutout ball as the Braves beat the Cubs 2-0 on Saturday.
ImpactSantana had to be scratched from his last turn in the Atlanta rotation because of a jammed right thumb. He looked well-rested in his return to action on Saturday night at Turner Field, limiting the Cubs to five hits and a walk while racking up seven strikeouts. He is 4-0 with a 1.99 ERA in six starts with his new team.
Santana (thumb) on target for Saturday start | 05/07/2014 8:17 PM
NewsErvin Santana (thumb) threw a successful bullpen session on Wednesday.
Impact"Very good, I had no problems," Santana said afterwards. "I threw every pitch and everything is good." Santana was skipped for his scheduled start on Tuesday with a jammed right thumb, but he appears to be on track for the start against the Cubs on Saturday.
Santana (thumb) no longer wearing wrap | 05/06/2014 8:12 PM
NewsErvin Santana is no longer wearing a wrap on his bruised right thumb, but his status for Saturday's start against the Cubs is up in the air.
ImpactSantana said after it was announced that he'd miss Tuesday's start that he would be back for his next turn. However, it sounds like that's still up in the air. A decision will likely be made after he throws a bullpen session in preparation for this weekend's outing.
Ervin Santana (thumb) to miss next start | 05/04/2014 11:18 AM
NewsErvin Santana will not make his next scheduled start on Tuesday due to a bruised thumb.
David O'Brien on Twitter
ImpactIt's not clear how he suffered the injury but the Braves are confident that he'll miss just the one outing and be ready to go next weekend. The recently activated Gavin Floyd will start on Tuesday in Santana's place.
Santana gets no-decision as Marlins beat ATL | 05/01/2014 10:36 PM
NewsErvin Santana notched a quality start but got the no-decision, allowing three runs over six innings in Thursday's loss to the Marlins.
ImpactSantana remains a perfect 3-0, but has now cobbled together back-to-back mediocre outings. Against the Marlins, he allowed five hits, walked three (a season-high), and struck out five (a season-low). Santana will take his undefeated record into next week's home start against the Cardinals.
Santana gives up four runs in win over Reds | 04/25/2014 11:11 PM
NewsErvin Santana gave up a season-high four runs in 6 2/3 innings Friday in a 5-4 win over the Reds.
ImpactComing into Friday's outing, Santana had allowed just two runs in 21 innings across his first three starts with Atlanta. He actually held the Reds scoreless over the first five innings Friday before giving up two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. Santana fanned seven and walked one in the victory and now sits at 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA. He'll try to stay undefeated next week with a road start against the Marlins.
Ervin Santana cruises as Braves defeat Mets | 04/19/2014 10:43 PM
NewsErvin Santana held the Mets to one run over seven innings Saturday in the Braves' 7-5 victory.
ImpactSantana was again excellent, scattering six hits and two walks over his seven frames while racking up seven strikeouts. He's 2-0 with a 0.86 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and 24/4 K/BB ratio through 21 innings (three starts) with Atlanta. A home start against the Reds is next.
Ervin Santana strikes out 11 Phillies | 04/14/2014 11:30 PM
NewsErvin Santana struck out 11 while allowing one run over six innings Monday against the Phillies.
ImpactSantana left with a one-run lead that grew to four runs, but it was blown by Luis Avilan in the eighth. After two starts for the Braves, Santana has both a 0.64 ERA and a 0.64 WHIP.
Santana dazzles, wins in Braves debut | 04/09/2014 9:56 PM
NewsErvin Santana dazzled in his Braves debut, shutting out the Mets over eight innings and getting the win in Wednesday's start.
ImpactSantana allowed only three hits, struck out six, and walked none. The Braves signed Santana in March after losing two starters to injury. If he can continue pitching like he did in 2013, when he finished with a 3.24 ERA in 211 innings, the Braves may be able to overcome their health problems.
Ervin Santana recalled from Triple-A | 04/09/2014 3:00 PM
NewsBraves recalled RHP Ervin Santana from Triple-A Gwinnett.
ImpactThe Braves sent Santana to Gwinnett to start the season in order to build up his stamina a bit more. He's ready to go now and will make his National League debut on Wednesday against the Mets.
Ervin Santana to make Braves' debut Wednesday | 04/08/2014 11:17 AM
NewsErvin Santana will make his Braves debut Wednesday against the Mets.
David O'Brien on Twitter
ImpactSantana didn't sign with the Braves until around mid-March, so he wasn't properly stretched out for the start of the season. He allowed six runs (five earned) over 5 1/3 innings Friday in a start with Triple-A Gwinnett, but the results weren't as important as simply getting his pitch count up. The Braves are hoping for big things from him this season with Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy both out for the year.
Santana set for Braves' debut on April 9 | 04/01/2014 8:22 PM
NewsErvin Santana is scheduled to join the Braves' rotation on April 9.
ImpactSantana still needed to be stretched out a bit more after signing late, as he'll pitch 5-6 innings for Triple-A Gwinnett on Friday. Assuming he gets through that outing with no issues, he'll be cleared to face the Mets next week. Santana will be a huge part of Atlanta's rotation this season following the injuries to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy.
Ervin Santana optioned to Triple-A | 03/30/2014 8:50 AM
NewsBraves optioned RHP Ervin Santana to Triple-A Gwinnett.
ImpactSantana will get stretched out a bit more before rejoining the Braves' rotation on April 8 or 11. The right-hander signed on earlier this month after injuries hit some other Braves' hurlers hard.
Ervin Santana goes three in second start | 03/25/2014 4:57 PM
NewsErvin Santana pitched three innings and allowed two runs Tuesday against the Tigers.
ImpactSantana is still getting stretched out after signing late. He allowed four hits, walked none and struck out one today. The plan for him is to join the Braves rotation for either the eighth or the 11th game of the season.
Ervin Santana makes Braves debut | 03/20/2014 5:05 PM
NewsErvin Santana made his spring debut on Thursday and allowed one run in two innings against the Mets.
David O'Brien on Twitter
ImpactThe run was his own fault: he was able to grab Eric Young Jr.'s game-opening bunt down the first base line, but he made a poor throw, perhaps because he was worried about hitting Young with the ball. It was ruled a single, and Young came around to score. Santana will need a couple of more tuneups before pitching in a regular-season game. The AJC's Dave O'Brien said his first start will likely come on April 9 (the eighth game of the season) or 12 (the 11th game).
Ervin Santana could appear in game this week | 03/17/2014 11:27 AM
NewsErvin Santana could make his Grapefruit League debut later this week.
Mark Bowman on Twitter
ImpactSantana threw his first live batting practice session for the Braves on Monday and looked good. He signed with the club just five days ago, but the right-hander has kept his arm in shape so it isn't really surprising that he's nearly game-ready.
Jays GM: Santana didn't want to pitch in A.L. | 03/12/2014 10:28 AM
NewsToronto general manager Alex Anthopoulos said Ervin Santana didn't want to pitch in the American League.
John Lott on Twitter
Impact"We're in the American League," Anthopoulos said during an appearance on Sportsnet 590 radio in Toronto. "Guys that don't want to be in the American League, there's nothing we can do." A.A. insisted that the right-hander's decision "was not money, was not years." We find this line of reasoning rather difficult to accept, as Santana has never actually pitched in the N.L., having spent the entirety of his nine-year career between the Angels and Royals. It seems that Anthopoulos is annoyed that Santana, choosing between equal offers, preferred the NL East instead of the AL East, an obvious choice for a hurler looking to rebuild his market value in 2014. We'd suggest to Anthopoulos that if he'd been more aggressive in February -- before Atlanta's rotation became ravaged by injury -- Santana would be in Toronto's Opening Day rotation.
Gibbons 'hints' Blue Jays had Ervin plans | 03/12/2014 10:03 AM
NewsBlue Jays skipper John Gibbons "seemed more subdued than usual" during his media session Wednesday and "hinted" that the Blue Jays "had made plans based on signing Ervin [Santana]," reports Toronto radio broadcaster Mike Wilner.
Mike Wilner on Twitter
ImpactWith the Nos. 4-5 spots in the rotation projected to be occupied by question marks -- J.A. Happ and Drew Hutchison -- and the No. 3 spot manned by a pitcher coming off a poor and injury-plagued season (Brandon Morrow), most analysts predicted Toronto would step up and land Santana. Apparently the Blue Jays' miffed manager did too. Santana signed a one-year, $14.1 million contract with Atlanta on Wednesday. It's possible that Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos got too cute here.
Santana expected to join rotation mid-April | 03/12/2014 9:42 AM
NewsBraves GM Frank Wren said Ervin Santana will throw a bullpen session and live batting practice before making his first exhibition start.
Mark Bowman on Twitter
ImpactThe Braves will ease him into things and expect Santana to join the rotation in mid-April. Atlanta swooped in and signed Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract (his initial asking price was reportedly in the $100 million range) on Wednesday morning to help patch up a rotation that is dealing with injuries to Kris Medlen (forearm) and Brandon Beachy (elbow). Santana, 31, posted a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings last season for the Royals.
Braves sign Ervin Santana to one-year deal | 03/12/2014 8:41 AM
NewsBraves signed RHP Ervin Santana to a one-year contract.
Santana expected to sign in 'next day or two' | 03/11/2014 5:43 PM
NewsAccording to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, free agent starter Ervin Santana is "likely to make a decision on his destination within the next day or two."
Eduardo A. Encina on Twitter
ImpactThe Orioles and Blue Jays had been considered the front-runners, but the Braves now have a number of injury-related question marks in their starting rotation and are believed to be jumping into the mix. Santana, 31, posted a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 161/51 K/BB ratio in 211 innings last season for the Royals. His initial asking price was reportedly in the $100 million range but he'll wind up signing for far, far less here in mid-March.
Report: Braves could make a run at Santana | 03/10/2014 3:25 PM
NewsDavid O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hears from a person connected to the Royals that the Braves could be making a run at free agent right-hander Ervin Santana.
David O'Brien on Twitter
ImpactIt makes sense, as Kris Medlen (forearm) and Brandon Beachy (elbow, biceps) are suddenly question marks in the rotation. Santana has reportedly received offers from the Orioles (one year for $13 million plus incentives) and Blue Jays (one year for $14 million), so it would cost them.
Blue Jays players lobbying Ervin Santana | 03/10/2014 10:33 AM
NewsFOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that Blue Jays players are lobbying Ervin Santana to sign with the club.
ImpactIn fact, Santana's friends on the Blue Jays recently texted a picture to him which shows them holding a sign saying, "Come to Toronto." Six players on the Toronto's projected 25-man roster are from Santana's native Dominican Republic, including Jose Bautista, Jose Reyes, and Edwin Encarnacion. The Blue Jays and Orioles are believed to be the leading bidders for Santana at the moment, though the Twins have also made him an offer. Some have speculated that the Braves could also be in the mix if Kris Medlen (forearm) needs to miss significant time.
Twins still have offer out to Ervin Santana | 03/10/2014 8:08 AM
NewsMike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins still have an offer out to free agent right-hander Ervin Santana.
St. Paul Pioneer Press
ImpactThe Twins' previous offer was for three years and $42 million with a vesting option for a fourth year which could have pushed the overall value to $56 million. However, it's unclear whether this particular offer is still standing. It was reported over the weekend that Santana is looking for a one-year deal with a strong offensive club. As of now, the Orioles and Blue Jays are considered the favorites to land him.
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.
|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
2014 Game Highs
|Most Innings Pitched (Starting)||8.0||2 times-last: vs. SD||last: Jul 28||8.0|
|Most Strikeouts (Starting)||11||2 times-last: vs. SD||last: Jul 28||8|
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)|