Jays in Touch with Santana, but Not Close to Deal


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According to a story by Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi last night, two teams have contacted Ervin Santana’s agency Proformance Baseball: the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays. The story did not elaborate on how close either of the teams were to signing the 31 year old Santana, just that they made contact. Mike Wilner , however, clarified the Blue Jays position later in the evening on his Twitter feed.

The two pieces of information are not contradictory, as Wilner discussed later.

While the two teams are in contact with Santana, they are by no means battling one another, at least not as of late last night.

Santana finished last season with the Kansas City Royals with a 3.24 ERA and 1.14 WHIP, but only yielded nine wins. It was a bounce-back from his 2012 season ERA of 5.16.

The signing of Santana would result in the Orioles and Jays losing a compensatory pick. For the Orioles, a first round pick, for the Jays (due to protected picks) they would give up a second rounder.

Fox Sports and Mike Wilner are reliable as they come when in regard to reporting news, so this gives a good indication of where the Jays stand as of now.