Sep 14, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Toronto Blue Jays Are In Triple Duel… It’s Good, Bad And Ugly


Remember the movie The Good, The Bad and The Ugly where three desperadoes are staring at each other wondering who is going to start a gun fight? Well, the negotiations between the Toronto Blue Jays and starting pitchers/free agents Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez are a lot like that scene. Each of the three is waiting to see who will flinch first and each one desperate that they do not make a mistake.

What is going on cowpoke, you ask? Why partner, it is a colossal game of chicken, is all. Santana and Jimenez both left their respective teams to be free agents, searching for treasure and rejecting the options that were on them. That means these two free agent hombres have to find teams who are willing to give up a draft pick to compensate their former clubs. Oh, Santana and Jimenez also want a heck of lot of loot for three or more years to boot and that ain’t Boot Hill sonny. Santana is staring at Jays GM Alex Anthopolous who is staring at Jimenez who is… Who will pull the trigger? Who will have no bullets in their pistols? Who will be buzzard meat?

The Toronto Blue Jays are one city slicker team that has an extra draft pick in their pocket pilgrim, they got that when their 2013 first round draft pick, Phillip Bickford, failed to sign. Because the Jays did so poorly last year, they have two guaranteed picks. Presumably, the Jays have money too. Rogers got big saddlebags boy, they say.

The Jays have a big need for a durable starter that can pitch 200 innings, no matter if GM Alex Anthopolous says the team has pitching depth for 2014. Well, he is right, they do, but a lot of it depends on luck, players reaching unfulfilled potential and not being hit by the injury plague like the last two years. So there is a need, but the Jays will not admit it… bad for negotiations dude.

Santana and Jimenez do not want to go back to their home teams. It would be like being looked upon as prodigal sons going back to dad with their ten gallon hats in hand. The Jays do not want to over spend and they do not like losing a draft pick for someone who does not make the grade… aka Josh Johnson.

So with the howling coyote music of Ennio Morricone swirling in the background… wha-ah-ah-wha-wha-wha… (sorry, could not resist), the three parties stare at each in a circle… perhaps… till March? Will other desperado teams show up to make this a blood bath? Wha-ah-ah-wha-wha-wha…

Will Alex Anthopolous be Blondie, Tuco or Angel Eyes? Like the movie, someone is going to get a lot of money… someone else is going to lie face down partner. wha-ah-ah-wha-wha-wha…

Tags: Ervin Santana Toronto Blue Jays Ubaldo Jimenez

  • Justin Jay

    Jimenez will be the harder of the 2 to reign in. I actually believe that Jays will get Santana. That’s what my gut tells me.

    • Davidldls

      Ah, so Santana is Tuco. Actually Justin, my auntie is starting to look good. I want closer in January, but I do not think it is going to happen.

      • Justin Jay

        I’m not sure if I’m following what you’re saying here. Who is Tuco? Why is your auntie looking appealing to you? Better yet… don’t answer that question… and a closer? Why? They have Janssen, Santos, Cecil, and Delabar that could all fill the role. Not to mention the disgusting amount of depth there is in the pen. You want more bullpen depth?

        • David Stewart

          Tuco is a character in the western The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. He is the partner of Clint Eastwood. The actor’s name is Eli Wallach. Hence the title of the story. Eastwood plays the character named Blondie.

          • Justin Jay

            I probably should watch the movie eh?

          • David Stewart

            It’s the best spaghetti western there is Justin. I think it made Eastwood a mega-star. Hey I am old. I remember Mathuselah when he pitched for the Jerusalem Nine. Now that was a team….

          • Justin Jay

            Haha Mathuselah! I like that

          • David Stewart

            He had a real old time slider Oi vay.

        • David Stewart

          My auntie can pitch man. She is better in the starting rotation than all this speculation. You knew that Justin. LOL. I meant closure… not closer. I cannot edit that now…

    • Eric

      Santana is not worth it. He’ll get lit up in Rogers centre

      • Justin Jay

        I’m not saying that’s what I want. I’m saying that’s what I think will happen. Interesting stat that Chris Sherwin from BJP put on Twitter today. Games started without giving up a HR: Santana 18, Dickey 11

        • Eric

          Dickeys terrible thought

          • David Stewart

            I think he will be better this year. There is a big difference in the distance in the outfield with the Mets’ park (Citifield) and the Rogers Centre. The former is huge. I think Dickey will figure it out and the beginning of the year he did play with neck and back problems. My main concern is the bottom two rotation spots.

          • Justin Jay

            I’m concerned about the #3. I really feel like Stroman will break camp in the #5 spot. #3&4… not really sure what to expect out those spots

          • David Stewart

            Stroman would be cool man. Zips has him rated at one. But what can say about a rookie.

          • Eric

            I agree dickey could have adjusted but I like Jimenez he’s a very good pitcher and he is always good at Rogers centre.

      • Gary Kimbrel

        Santana seems to be trending toward more control, which means, of the two, he’ll be more apt to adjust to the dome. Ubaldo’s a wild man.

  • Andrew van Laar

    I don’t know if I read it right but it seems like you were saying that jays have two first round picks and can afford to lose one if they sign one of these guys. I thought they would have to only lose a second rounder? Did I read that right?

    • Justin Jay

      Jays 2 1st Rd picks are protected, so they will lose a 2nd Rd pick if they sign Jimenez or Santana.

    • David Stewart

      Hi Andrew. My apologies if I was not clear. I was trying to say that the Jays have two guaranteed picks. The point being that getting one of these two guys will cost a pick. I should have stated that the bottom ten teams would lose their second of their first round picks if they get a free agent. I believe the Jays have 9th and 11th picks in the first round…. which means they would give up their 11th. Please excuse me for literary license not being clearer.

      • BlueJayBlue

        Theyll only lose a 2nd round pick.Both their firsts are protected.