What Does A Ervin Santana Signing Mean?

Posted on March 10, 2014 by John Wilkes

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The news this weekend was centered on where Ervin Santana was going to sign. For a while it seemed like the right hander was destined to take his talents north of the border. However, as of 11:06am it does't seem that he’s any closer to make a decision then he was a week ago.  

So with the Orioles still firmly in the "Santana Race" what would it mean if they were able to land the righty

The Orioles are adding a solid "inning eater" pitcher:

Here’s what we know. 

Santana is coming off his second best year in the majors. The 31 year old started 32 games, amassed 211 innings, with a 3.24 ERA , 1.14 WHIP, 161 Ks, and a 3 to 1 SO/BB ratio. His 2.9 WAR puts him at starter level but on the lower end.  

Santana career average: 34 GS, 215 IP, 4.19 ERA, 169 Ks, 1.28 WHIP, and 2.5 to 1 SO/BB ratio.

For a team that overworked their bullpen last few years Santana would be a welcomed "relief"  

Norris to the bullpen

Why is Norris the choice and not Chen or Gonzalez? Simply, because Norris is much better suited for the bullpen then either Chen or Gonzalez.  Norris has a lower-mid 90's fastball (which one can expect to go up once he's in the pen) , an above average slider, and is a strikeout pitcher. 

It's possible that Norris could assume the closer duties if Hunter struggles.

---Norris Was Terrible As A Starter:

Norris is coming off a season where he started 30 games, 21 with Astros and 9 with the Orioles,  pitched 176 innings finishing the year with a 4.18 ERA, 1.49 WHIP, 147 Ks, 2.2 to 1 SO/BB ratio.  

All-in-all 2013 was a decent year. However, if you focus on just Norris’ starts in Baltimore the story begins to change. In his nine starts in Baltimore Norris was all but terrible.  

Norris averaged just 5.3IP per outing (9 starts, 48IP=5.3IP). Not good..

His ERA was 4.80 to go along with a 1.678 WHIP. Yuck!

His .2 WAR puts him essentially as replaceable level.  Ouch!

Needless to say Santana would be a major upgrade over Norris.

World Series or Bust

One year of Santana, to go along with one year of Cruz, means just one thing: This team honestly believes they have a legitimate shot at winning the World Series.

No other reason you would sign Santana for one year at $14million unless you thought he was the missing piece to put you over the top. 

We Have Stop Making Fun of Danny D

Honestly we probably have to stop anyways but a Santana signing would be the end of that.  Dan Duquette has played this offseason to perfection.

Here is what we needed going into the offseason:

DH- check

SP- check

Bolster the Bullpen- check

LF- check ( I can get behind the triplets: Lough, Reimold, Cruz)

He did all of this without having to give up Bundy, Schoop, Rodriguez, or Gausman. Angelos allowed Duquette to spend and Duquette spent wisely 

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