Right handed starting pitcher Ervin Santana is still waiting for someone to pick him up. Santana’s price tag is a bit high after he turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer at the beginning of the off-season from the Kansas City Royals.
Now according to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter, the free agent veteran would rather sit out until after the MLB Draft in June than accept a low deal like outfielder Nelson Cruz did with the Baltimore Orioles.
One source adds: Santana would rather sit out until after June draft than accept deal similar to Cruz’s. Comp pick disappears after draft.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 22, 2014
Cruz and the Orioles were able to agree on a one year deal worth around $8 million. I’m sure Cruz was sick of sitting around and was willing to drop his asking price, something that Santana may not do.
Teams who are interested in him would have to give up a first round draft pick and throw him whatever he’s looking for. Something’s got to give Ervin.