The Orioles might not be done upgrading their starting rotation.
Days after signing free-agent starter Ubaldo Jimenez, the Orioles are still interested in another top free-agent starter – right-hander Ervin Santana.

According to an industry source, the Orioles have had dialogue with Santana’s representatives as recently as Thursday.

This week, the Orioles signed Jimenez to a four-year, $50-million deal, which is the longest and largest contract for a free-agent pitcher in franchise history.

The addition of Jimenez also conceivably slotted out all five spots in the rotation, as he joins Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Bud Norris.

The addition of Santana would further muddle the rotation picture.
The Orioles already lost this year’s first-round pick (17th overall) in signing Jimenez through the qualifying offer compensation process. Santana is also tied to draft-pick compensation, so the club would lose its second-round pick (55th overall) if it signs him.