The Baltimore Orioles locked up Ubaldo Jimenez earlier this month to add to their pitching rotation, but it appears that they may not be done spending. Ervin Santana remains the next best pitcher on the open market and the Orioles may be looking at locking him down along with Jimenez.
According to CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman, the Orioles have remained in contact with Santana and may still be open to offering him a contract.
The Orioles, who already made the big play of the spring by signing starting pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez to a $50 million deal, could pull off a second surprise.
Baltimore, according to sources, has maintained dialogue with top free-agent starter Ervin Santana, who could potentially bolster the Orioles’ rotation further.
It’s unclear how serious they are about signing Santana, but keeping the door open like the O’s are seems to suggest a certain level of interest. Pairing Jimenez and Santana would be a brilliant move for the Orioles, but the only question is can they afford it and are they willing to spend more than they planned on?