Aug 4, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Cafardo: Yankees May Have Increased Interest In Ervin Santana

After signing Japanese starter Masahiro Tanaka to a seven-year, $155 million contract, most people assumed the Yankees winter was complete. That may not be true. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Yankees interest in free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana. According to Cafardo:

…the Jays need him the most, but the Yankees could really use one more solid starter to finish off their staff. Don’t be surprised if their efforts intensify.

The question is why? Even though he went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA, he still gave up 26 home runs, which would increase at Yankee Stadium. Also, the Yankees already have four solid starters and Michael Pineda is supposedly progressing quite well.

If the Yankees were to go after another starter, why not Ubaldo Jimenez?

Jimenez had an unbelievable second half of 2013, had an overall ERA of 3.30, and only gave up 16 home runs.

Though he has good stuff, Santana makes no sense, plus there are plenty of conflicting reports to Cafardo’s thoughts, stating that Brian Cashman and the Yankees are done spending for the spring, which would obviously put them out of the market to add Ervin Santana, who in reality, could end up being an over-priced version of Phil Hughes.

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  • Joseph

    Jimenez is the bigger risk. Go through his splits and look at 1st and 2d half numbers. He has essentially had one good 1st half (2010) and one good 2d half (2013) with nothing but utter shit and a 5.00+ ERA in between.

    The flyball tendencies favor him, but he also comes with a highly questioned work ethic (which won’t likely get better once he signs his deal).

    I’d pass on him big time.

    • Jacob Winters

      I don’t see why they’d sign either one.

    • Steve B.

      It seems like each (Santana and Jimenez) have their negative points which far outweigh their positives…The Yanks have to hope Pineda comes back strong. Also, for the reason that the FA starters next year may sign long-term extensions and may not be available (Bailey and Masterson)

      • Joseph

        Bailey is on the cusp of signing a 100M extension and to me Masterson has as many question marks. He has shown no consistency.

        Hopefully Pineda is healthy and can be solid, if not then Phelps, Nuno, Warren etc… may be able to hold down the fort until Banuelos arrives (once again, health being a huge consideration).

  • DML3

    Pass..Too much $$ for a 4 or 5. Here’s a suggestion that the Met’s pursue him, Big ballpark coupled with N.L. this dude would kill. Oh sorry forgot the Stems are Cheap ba****ds!!!