For days, it was reported that free agent pitcher Ervin Santana was deciding between two contract offers – one from the Toronto Blue Jays, one from the Baltimore Orioles.
Both deals would have paid Santana around $14 million dollars for one year of service, but the veteran refused to sign until last night where he unexpectedly joined the Atlanta Braves.
So what was the deciding factor for Santana? According to Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos, Santana didn’t want to pitch in the American League.
@globlair show: “From what I was told, we couldn’t compete with the NL … It was not money, it was not years”
Santana has spent his entire career split between the Anaheim Angels and the Kansas City Royals, both in the American League, so that seems a little difficult to believe.
The more likely scenario was that Santana – one a one-year deal hoping to rebuild his value – didn’t want to pitch in the hitter heavy American League East when compared to the hitter weak National League East.
Would you rather face the Yankees, Rays and Orioles (or Blue Jays) or the Mets, Phillies and Marlins? Not a tough call.