The Toronto Blue Jays expressed interest in free agent pitcher Ervin Santana earlier this offseason when the veteran ‘dropped’ his asking price.
Apparently that drop wasn’t significant enough because Santana is still sitting in the free agent pool and the Blue Jays have moved on, this according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.
Unless Santana eventually were to “fall in their lap,” in the words of one AL executive, the overwhelming feeling in the industry is that the Blue Jays are likely to pass on signing the right-hander and hope one of their young starters can fill their last remaining rotation hole.
While the Jays could use Santana, they’ve refused to budge on their budget and Santana simply wants too much money. Of course, if Santana continues to struggle to find a deal he’s comfortable with, it’s possible the Blue Jays could regain interest but for now it appears a deal between the two sides is unlikely.
Another potential suitor for Santana bites the dust.
Last week, Nick Carfado of the Boston Globe said he wouldn’t be surprised to see the New York Yankees rekindle their interest in Santana.