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MLB Storylines: Blue Jays, Orioles pursuing Ervin Santana

MLB Storylines: Blue Jays, Orioles pursuing Ervin Santana
Ervin Santana is close to a decision on a team. (Photo: AP)
March 9, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @ajnicholsIBI.

Here are the stories from Saturday, March 8th.

Top Stories 

  • Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes tweeted that Ervin Santana is expected to sign a one-year deal in the $14 million range with an American League team.  Enrique Rojas, also of ESPN Deportes, tweeted that Santana would sign with the Blue Jays for one-year and $14 million by 4:00 P.M. Saturday if he did not receive a better offer.  The 4:00 hour came and went and Rojas reported that Santana is now choosing between the Jays offer and a one-year, $13 million plus incentives offer from the Orioles.  Jon Morosi of FOX Sports tweeted that Santana has no deadline set for a decision and is willing to wait days.

Tribe News

  • The Indians played to a 4-4 tie with San Diego on Saturday, to move their Cactus League record to 8-1-1. Michael Brantley was the offensive star of the day, going 4-4 with two doubles and an RBI.  Carlos Santanaplayed the majority of the game at third base and had one error on a high throw to first base.
  • Sunday’s game against the Brewers will start a five-game stretch of Indians Cactus League games televised live on SportsTime Ohio.  Josh Tomlin will get the start and is scheduled to throw four innings.
  • Danny Salazar was originally scheduled to throw two innings in Tuesday’s game, but he has been moved up by manager Terry Francona and will instead start Monday’s game against the Angels.  Salazar is tentatively scheduled to throw the first two innings, with Trevor Bauer following and scheduled to throw three innings of his own.

News and Notes

  • USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported that Major League Baseball and the players’ union are unlikely to make any changes to the qualifying offer system before the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires after the 2016 season.
  • Earlier in the week there were reports that Ervin Santana would be leaving the Proformance Agency, and Saturday Jose Bautista also left Proformance.  Both players will remain with agent Jay Alou, who resigned from Proformance.

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