The once crafty and now confused GM of the Toronto Blue Jays has once again made it clear that he won’t be revisiting the free agent market anytime soon. Even though Alex Anthopoulos‘ discombobulated pitching rotation has shown early signs of struggles, he still doesn’t plan on being a major player in the ongoing Ervin Santana sweepstakes.
Apparently Santana’s asking price is still too high for Anthopoulos to even attempt to entertain a potential deal even though the Jays are owned by the multi-billion dollar corporation Rogers Communications. Anthopoulos’ inability to match dollars with sense has now become unbelievably frustrating for fans of the Jays everywhere as they continue to watch their club’s pitching rotation turn into the worst in the American League East.
What Anthopoulos is failing to realize is just how good Santana was for the Kansas City Royals last season. He undoubtedly had a strong comeback campaign with the Royals after a dismal season in 2012 with the Los Angeles Angels. Last season Santana finished with a 3.23 ERA, coupled with a 1.14 WHIP and upped his strikeouts to 161 in 32 appearances for the Royals. The native of La Romana, Dominic Republic also managed to give up 13 fewer home runs in 2013 despite pitching a total of 33 more innings than he did in 2012. Santana was clearly headed in the right direction and seemed to have righted his somewhat sinking ship as a member of the Royals.
At this point it seems as though Anthopoulos has let his false sense of pride get the best of him. He continues to stand pat behind his idea that his starting five, whoever they may be, will be ready to take on the rest of the very tough AL East once the regular season begins in April. The clock is ticking for Anthopoulos to figure something out in regards to his rotation, but if you are a fan of the Blue Jays, don’t hold your breath. Anthopoulos won’t be making any much-needed upgrades anytime soon.