Free agent pitcher Ervin Santana's agents remain in contact with the newly aggressive Orioles and at least four more teams as Santana continues to work out in Scottsdale, Ariz. -- not far from 15 different spring camps -- and also to maintain his resolve, say people close to him.

Santana, a durable, dependable starter for nearly a decade, is believed to be seeking a deal similar to what the other three top pitchers received on the market (the other three got $50 million or $49 million for four years), and while Baltimore's chance to sign him may have been enhanced slightly with their recent signing of pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and slugger Nelson Cruz, meaning only a third-round pick is attached to Santana for them now, there is said to remain a gap in their discussions with the right-hander.

The Orioles' surprising continuing interest in Santana, even after the signing of Jimenez, was first reported by CBSSports.com. The Orioles so recently signed John Santana, who received a minor-league deal that could pay him as much as $8.05 million, and he hopes to be in the rotation in June or later, though he may be used in relief, depending on his progress returning after a second shoulder surgery.

The Mariners, Rockies, Rangers and Jays are among other teams to remain in contact with Santana, who's been described by personal friends as "cool, calm and collected" by nature.

"He's concentrating on his workout," Santana's agent Bean Stringfellow said. "Obviously, he'd rather be in camp, as he's always in camp at this time. But he understands the process, and the business aspect of it. He's doing well."