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Ervin Santana didn't want to pitch in American League

According to Toronto Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos, right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana, who has recently agreed to a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, had no interest in signing with an American League club. John Lott of the National Post shared comments made by AA earlier this morning on SN Fan 590.

I slept in this morning so I haven’t yet heard the full interview. It does make sense that Santana would be looking to increase his value in the by moving to the pitcher-friendly National League. However when Anthopoulos says it wasn’t about money, I don’t necessarily buy that.

The Braves reportedly offered $14.1 million to Santana on a one-year deal. Can we really believe the Blue Jays were willing to better that offer by the Braves? Based on what we’ve witnessed this off-season, not to mention that the Jays would actually have to pay more gross dollars to make the net money for Santana the same, it’s doubtful.

The Blue Jays could have avoided missing out on Santana by either signing him earlier or upping their offer. Clearly, neither happened. Someone brought up a good point in the comments section earlier this week, if the Jays signed Santana they wouldn’t be able to make any other moves once the season begins.

But as we all know from last year, the first month of the season is crucial. Sure you can’t win the division in the first month of the season but you certainly can lose it. And adding another player through the trade market likely means parting with one of the Jays’ few assets of value.

I still feel like the Santana situation was the best way for the Blue Jays to get better for 2014 while not losing anything but a few extra dollars. Clearly, the Jays’ front office does not feel the same way.

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  • Justin Jay

    It’s just one excuse after another. There are 29 other teams wanting to improve besides this one. This team was a last place team in 2013 and hasn’t sniffed the playoffs since 1993. What makes any person among the Jays higher ups think that this team is a desirable team to play for. If you breed winning, players will come. Until winning happens consistently, you’re overpaying to show that there is a commitment to winning.
    The other option is to build a winning team through drafting and development. That was the initial philosophy of AA. Now there’s this mess. Let’s just give AA 2 more years to see how adept he is at drafting as well… because, you know… almost 5 years later, it’s still Riccardi’s fault right?

  • Hussein Mire

    Wait a minute!!! The guy that some were lusting after was too scared to pitch in the AL? If that doesn’t say it all nothing will. We dodged a bullet!

  • Hussein Mire

    I suspect that Santana wanted to pitch in NL in order to post another “Good” season and than get his multi year deal next offseason from some sucker!