There have been more rumors floating concerning free agent pitcher Ervin Santana and the Orioles.

The best I can glean is that the Orioles maintain interest in the veteran right-hander and wouldn’t blink at all about surrendering their third-round draft pick for him. But there hasn’t been any real dialogue in the past couple days, a source said Wednesday night.

The problem is that Santana has played the waiting game all offseason and his demands have not dropped significantly. And so the Orioles aren’t currently excited about meeting those (which are still believed to be in the Ubaldo Jimenez range of four years and $50 million). The sides haven’t spoken in a couple days, but the dialogue doesn’t appear dead at this point, either.

There’s no real mystery here: The Orioles’ interest comes down to how many years and how much money Santana can get. You’d think with the need for pitching throughout the majors, being patient will get Santana a lucrative job (that’s what Kyle Lohse did last year and landed a three-year, $33 million deal in March). But, like Jimenez and Nelson Cruz, the Orioles are interested in Santana if they think the final deal is a good value.