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Why is Ervin Santana still available?


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He's a homerun pitcher.


Which isn't always a bad thing if it's just a bunch of solo homers allowed.


Iwakuma and Darvish allowed about the same and had eras under 3.


A.J. Griffin allowed the most. but still had an era under 4 and his whip was 1.13 because he didn't allow a ton of walks or steals.


Granted, I don't really want him allowing 36 homers in 200 innings again, but it isn't the end all-be all.



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And he is a manic head case. Season to season, start to start, you just never knew if his head would be in the game.

Some days it looked like he wanted to be somewhere, anywhere, else.... rather than on the mound pitching a baseball game.

Santana lacks something upstairs that has kept him from being a real good pitcher.

I have to assume scouts and GMs see the same thing.

I think he winds up back in KC and for much less than the @14 M he turned down.

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It's mostly the fluctuation in his performance. He has been really solid in 3 of the last 4 years however. 


The draft pick doesn't help him out and coming off his best season since 2008 has to scare some teams off. Teams who need pitching like the Orioles and Blue Jays for example might not want an inconsistent, HR prone guy pitching half of his games in a hitters yard. 

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Ervin Santana Progressing Toward Deal

By Charlie Wilmoth [February 9 at 9:20pm CST]

Free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana seems to finally be heading toward a deal, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports writes. The Blue Jays and the Orioles have both been in touch with Santana. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, meanwhile, tweets that the Orioles will strongly pursue Santana or Ubaldo Jimenez this week.


Santana, of course, is coming off a strong 2013 season in which he posted a 3.24 ERA, 6.9 K/9 and 2.2 BB/9 in 211 innings with the Royals. His path to a new team has been blocked, however, first by the uncertainty regarding Masahiro Tanaka's destination, and now by the fact that the team that signs him will have to forfeit a draft pick. As Rosenthal points out, the Jays' No. 9 and No. 11 picks are protected, which means they would only have to forfeit their No. 49 overall pick. The Orioles would lose their top draft choice, at No. 17.


Rosenthal notes that the Orioles are unlikely to be able to sign A.J. Burnett, as reports earlier this weekend indicated. They were among the finalists for Bronson Arroyo, but Arroyo recently agreed to terms with the Diamondbacks.

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