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Final two in Santana sweepstakes?

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07:38 AM ET 02.10 | At long last, focus to Ervin Santana's future might be clearing. Santana's camp is talking with multiple teams and making progress toward a new deal for the free-agent right-hander, according to major league sources. The Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays are among the teams in contact with Santana's agents at Proformance Baseball, sources said. Santana, 31, tweeted last Wednesday that it was his last day with his family in his native Dominican Republic. He is now working out in Arizona, according to a source. Most spring training camps open later this week. The principal holdup in the Santana talks has been the reluctance of teams to lose a high draft pick -- and accompanying pool money -- as compensation for signing him. The Blue Jays, however, hold two "protected" picks, Nos. 9 and 11.

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February 10, 2014  08:38 AM ET

Losing a draft pick and pay a guy a lot of money is a tough pill to swallow!!!

February 10, 2014  09:03 AM ET

what a decision for Santana either to sign with the Jays or O's, one team finishing next to last and the other finishing last in their division.

February 10, 2014  09:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No chance he's coming back to the Royals, I guess. That leaves KC with some pretty crappy pitching.

The Red Sox have a surplus of pitching. Are there any more Wil Myers types left in the Royals farm system?

February 10, 2014  09:56 AM ET

Sweepstakes? More like crapshoot. This guy is a gamble. From his past track record, he has as much chance of being terrible as he does being good.

February 10, 2014  10:08 AM ET
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The Red Sox have a surplus of pitching. Are there any more Wil Myers types left in the Royals farm system?

They could pick up Billy Butler to help make Papi look thinner.
I like Myers and hope his gaffes against Boston in the playoffs don't have any long term effect upon his career...even though he's a stinking Ray.

February 10, 2014  10:24 AM ET
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They could pick up Billy Butler to help make Papi look thinner.I like Myers and hope his gaffes against Boston in the playoffs don't have any long term effect upon his career...even though he's a stinking Ray.

Myers will be fine.

February 10, 2014  05:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Losing a draft pick and pay a guy a lot of money is a tough pill to swallow!!!

no team should reward Santana inconssistent playing time in the mound,this guy tends to pitch one good season then the next season he pitch very poorly,wonder which Santana are getting this time???

February 10, 2014  05:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sweepstakes? More like crapshoot. This guy is a gamble. From his past track record, he has as much chance of being terrible as he does being good.

that's how bad things are with santana lately,don't get me wrong but i think Santana pitched his good season in the 2013 season and that's that, meaning this 2014 season will be the odd and poorly season pitched with his new team!!

February 10, 2014  05:29 PM ET
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what a decision for Santana either to sign with the Jays or O's, one team finishing next to last and the other finishing last in their division.

i think that won't be any problem as long he gets his big contract after that he even could get sick and use the DL spot for a month or so!!

February 10, 2014  06:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

No chance he's coming back to the Royals, I guess. That leaves KC with some pretty crappy pitching.

and a top first draft pick,,,and that's just wonderfull after all this would be a great news for the Royals organization!!!

February 11, 2014  12:53 PM ET

As an Orioles fan I'll be shocked if he signs with the O's. While they have to do something and I would support the signing, I don't think Angelos is going to sign a pitcher to a multi-year deal.

February 12, 2014  02:20 AM ET

As a Blue Jays fan, i think his asking price of 80M for three years is way to high. Thats 26M + per season. Cleveland just offered Masterson 1 year at 8.5. He wants 11.3. I think Masterson would be a better pitcher for the Jays. Masterson is a sinker ball pitcher and at Rodgers Center this is a better fit. His track record is more consistent than Erwin. Cleveland i think does not think they can sign him. They might be open to a cash and players deal.

February 12, 2014  02:27 AM ET

Philly has been talking fire sale for some time. Hamel does not like the chemistry. More likely he does not like the lack of run support he gets. He is a consistent 200 inn 4.30 era guy. Maybe the Jays should make a cash offer and players. Its clear that Hamel wants out.

February 12, 2014  02:32 AM ET
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Its clear that Hamel wants out.

Couldn't be more wrong if you tried.

February 12, 2014  03:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

no team should reward Santana inconssistent playing time in the mound,this guy tends to pitch one good season then the next season he pitch very poorly,wonder which Santana are getting this time???

Solution sign him for 2 seasons if he has a good 1st season trade him

February 12, 2014  03:27 AM ET
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Cleveland just offered Masterson 1 year at 8.5. He wants 11.3. I think Masterson would be a better pitcher for the Jays. Masterson is a sinker ball pitcher and at Rodgers Center this is a better fit. His track record is more consistent than Erwin. Cleveland i think does not think they can sign him. They might be open to a cash and players deal.

This is not the kinda sexy signing that AA desires even though your thinking is sound

February 13, 2014  11:59 AM ET

These are probably the absolute worst 2 teams to be thinking about signing the ridiculously homer-prone Santana. I really think the Jays should sign Jiminez who has the potential to put up ace-type numbers and is way less prone to serving up gopher balls than Santana.

 
February 13, 2014  12:27 PM ET

@jayru13 --- dude, how high were you when you typed those two comments?

1) There is no way Santana is getting (or asking for) anything close to $26M a year. That's certified Ace (with a capital A) money and only $4M less than what Kershaw just got. No one, I mean NO ONE, is going to pay Santana anything close to that. He's not even going to get the $20M AAV he was originally rumored to be looking for never mind $26M. My guess is he's going to end up with a 2 or 3 year deal at $16M-$18M AAV or a 1 year cushion deal for around the same amount.

2) Philly has never talked fire sale. They should be, and lots of people outside the Philly organisation are talking about it, but the Phillies apparently have zero interest in rebuilding. In fact they are doing exactly the opposite of that and loading up on more veteran contracts because they are completely deluded and think they can still contend. The absolute last guy - and I mean if they literally decided to sell off every single player for anything they could get - the absolute last guy out the door would be Hamels. They would hang on to him ahead of every other player on the roster.

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