Multiple teams reportedly have offers on the table for free agent pitcher Ervin Santana, but the Toronto Blue Jays may have a secret weapon – their players.
According to Fox Sports, Blue Jays players are lobbying for Santana to sign with them.
The story, as related by a source, reflects the advantage that the Jays hold over other clubs in the recruitment of Santana. Six players on the Jays’ projected 25-man roster hail from Santana’s native Dominican Republic. Three of those players — right fielder Jose Bautista, shortstop Jose Reyes and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion — are among the team’s biggest stars.
The Blue Jays reportedly offered Santana a one-year, $14 million dollar offer on Saturday which he is said to be mulling over (along with other offers).
The former Kansas City Royals pitcher was looking for a $100 million dollar contract when free agency broke, but like a few other fellow free agent arms, overpriced himself and now may be forced to take a one-year ‘pillow’ offer to re-build his value for next offseason.