He went into Winter as one of the top three free agent starters available, along with Ubaldo Jimenez, Matt Garza and Masahiro Tanaka. It was thought and expected that Santana would be taken rather quickly following Tanaka’s signing, despite having turned down a 1-year, $14.1 qualifying offer, thus tying him to draft pick compensation.
The months wore on. Matt Garza eventually signed with the Brewers. Jimenez signed with the Orioles. Here was Santana’s chance; perhaps he would be the next one. Then Johan Santana and Joe Saunders found jobs. As it stands, it doesn’t look like he’ll be with a job when the season starts, although reports have linked him to the Orioles, Blue Jays and Rangers. It has been reported that Santana has not lowered his asking price of around 4-years, $50 million, or what Jimenez and Garza got.
Now, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports is reporting that the 31-year old Santana could be in the market for a new agent. Currently, Santana is represented by Bean Stringfellow of Proformance, who represents names like Francisco Cordero, Jose Bautista, and Alexi Casilla. There are no names being thrown out there as to who Santana might choose to represent him, but a change in agents might not only find him a job this season, but could prevent something like this from happening in the future.