The Arizona Diamondbacks went into this off-season in search of a starting pitcher. They made an aggressive run at Masahiro Tanaka and came up short. To date they still have not added anybody else.
Linked to Bronson Arroyo in recent days, Ken Davidoff of the NY Post suggests that the team might also be a good fit for Ervin Santana. After predicting that Ubaldo Jimenez will end up with the Toronto Blue Jays, Davidoff writes:
If the Blue Jays sign Jimenez, I’ll say Santana goes to Arizona for an identical three-year, $39-million pact. The Diamondbacks have been itching to spend all offseason long — they made aggressive runs at Carlos Beltran and Masahiro Tanaka, only to fall short to the Yankees on both — and they very much want to contend after two straight disappointing seasons.”
If things play out such that Jimenez and Santana end up settling for these kinds of deals, it bodes well for the Diamondbacks. Whether they like it or not, everything they do should be put in the context of what the Los Angeles Dodgers are doing.
It is impossible for the Diamondbacks or any other team to dream of building a rotation like the Dodgers tout, but a higher upside pitcher like Santana would be a worthwhile gamble for the Diamondbacks if he comes at that price on a three-year deal.