Mar 25, 2014; Lakeland, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ervin Santana (30) smiles as he walks off the mound at the end of the third inning against the Detroit Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

REPORT: Blue Jays Players Were Willing To Defer Pay for Ervin Santana

Fox Sports insider Ken Rosenthal reported earlier that the Toronto Blue Jays players wanted SP Ervin Santana so badly that they were willing to defer upfront money to acquire Santana’s services.  Apparently, that’s where the conversation ended, according to Rosenthal’s MLB sources.

Eventually, when Atlanta Braves starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy were lost for the year within days of each other, Santana’s services were requested.  The 31 year old righthander would sign a 1 yr/$14M deal with the Braves and with it, end the Blue Jays fans offseason hopes of upgrading their pitching staff via free agency.

Perhaps the bigger, underlying story is that the Jays players felt the need to give up money to acquire Santana.  It had long been rumoured that it’s possible Rogers Communications, the team owner of the Toronto Blue Jays, pulled the reins on the spending after last season’s splurge saw the Jays payroll shoot up from about $84M to just over $119M.  With the money spent to acquire veterans such as Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, R.A. Dickey, and Mark Buehrle in 2013, the Blue Jays only managed to win one more game (74) than the previous season.  That most likely did not sit well with ownership.

If this report holds merit, it comes in stark contrast to Jays President Paul Beeston saying the Jays and Rogers Communication are “all in” with their commitment to winning at the State of the Franchise.

When Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos was approached about this issue by reporters, he declined comment.  This is no real surprise considering that Jays management has been treating the media and its fans like mushrooms all winter, keeping them in the dark and feed them nothing but excrement.

As noted by many offseason magazines and pundits, the biggest upgrade to the Blue Jays roster was catcher, Dioner Navarro, who came cheap at 2 yrs/$8M.  The rest of the moves by AA have been waiver claims and maneuvering of the DL, such as bringing back pitchers Kyle Drabek and Drew Hutchison.  AA also banked on Marcus Stroman being ready for to make an immediate impact on the Jays staff, but Stroman struggled a bit during Spring Training and was sent to AAA Buffalo.

Stay tuned Jays fans, as I’m sure this story is bound to explored further.

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  • RyanMueller

    Good writeup jay but what a waste of time. This is a load of crap and has no legs.

    • Justin Jay

      Ryan, while I don’t disagree with what you’re saying, because I believe the past is the past and Santana’s with the Braves… the bigger question will be, if the Jays are actually in it come July 31, do they make the moves necessary to put them over the top? Or will they say no due to budget restrictions? AA’s silence on this makes me think that he wants to talk it over with the higher ups first before approaching this topic… if he even approaches it at all.

      • RyanMueller

        I don’t even know what to think anymore….all I know is I enjoy watching baseball and talking about players, but really hate all the bitching and moaning about how management said this and management isn’t doing this. Fans wanted management to spend money because in their fantasy world a high payroll equates to a winning team. Well we spend money, raped the farm system, and crapped the bed…..and the fans are still unhappy. I just don’t care about this stuff.
        ps. I really hope that if this team isn’t contending come july 31 that they blow it up real good and shed payroll

        • Justin Jay

          That’s the old methodology to winning in baseball: Spend a lot and win. The Red Sox and Yankees make it seem that way when they win, but if you look at the track record going back to the end of the Yankees Dynasty (2001), the teams that have won the World Series, as well as made the playoffs, were low-to-mid budget teams that developed players. Even the year the Red Sox won, their payroll was lower than it had been in years.

          Teams approaches to winning have changed and the most efficient method to winning is putting the resources into growing talent through the draft and having player control through their most effective years. The Rays are MASTERS of this and other teams are catching on. The idea is to use Free Agency to fix holes on good teams. Fans need to realize that signing Jimenez and Santana would not have guaranteed winning or even the playoffs in this case. It would have made them more competitive and because the Jays have spent so much to win already, it would show commitment. I agree though, that it’s an old methodology to winning and an inefficient way as well.

          The Navarro signing was a great signing because it upgraded a position that was really bad last season and it was done relatively cheaply. That’s what the Rays do. It’s what the Red Sox do (and they retain their talent).
          The only bummer about this “new” method is there’s a lifespan on these teams… unless they continue to draft well. STL, WAS, TBR, SDP, KCR, CHC, PIT, CIN, and BAL all draft well. BOS and NYM are high payroll teams that have caught onto the in-house building concept. Oakland and Miami don’t draft well, but Beane is a master of making trades and the Marlins find ways as well… usually by disbanding good teams at what they feel is their pinnacle.

  • Shaun Doyle

    Haha. Like mushrooms. Feeding excrement. Beautifully stated.
    Hayhurst recently posted an explanation of how he left Rogers. He was brought on to maximize hype after the big trades of last off season. Then when they crapped out, suddenly the hype was gone. They weren’t willing to create hype etc. Instead they show a winning attitude when winning looks easy. Now that it is a challenge they aren’t backing it. Do they understand running a sports franchise is not running a news story. You have to CREATE success not bask in it. Hayhurst and Santana show us that Rogers is not interested in creating a winner…only celebrating. They want the glory with no commitment.

    • Justin Jay

      Hayhurst also likes to create hype…so what he says needs to be taken with a grain of salt (a la Clay Buchholz controversy)