E. Santana reportedly seeking five-year deal
Right-hander Ervin Santana is apparently seeking a five-year deal on the free agent market, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney.
The market for Santana — and starting pitching, in general, outside of Jon Lester — has been relatively quiet so far and there’s nothing to suggest any team is willing to commit to Santana for five years. It’s simply a starting point for the right-hander and he will likely need to settle for fewer years to land a deal.
Making matters all the more difficult for Santana is the fact that any team other than the Braves would need to forfeit a draft pick in order to sign Santana, who turned down a qualifying offer from Atlanta. Santana was in the same position last offseason after rejecting a qualifying offer from the Royals and ultimately had to settle for signing a one-year contract with the Braves.
He’s hoping to find a better deal this time around, though a five-year pact seems a bit lofty at this time.
— Paul Casella