The Toronto Blue Jays have been shopping for another starting pitcher since their kids finished trick-or-treating. But it appears the Blue Jays are unlikely to sign Ervin Santana, or any of the other remaining free-agent starters, for that matter. Teams and agents Toronto has spoken with told ESPN.com that even as the shopping list for veteran starters has dwindled, the Blue Jays haven't shown a willingness to do what the Baltimore Orioles did to sign Ubaldo Jimenez this week -- add extra years or dollars to get a deal done. Unless Santana eventually were to "fall in their lap," in the words of one AL executive, the overwhelming feeling in the industry is that the Blue Jays are likely to pass on signing the right-hander and hope one of their young starters can fill their last remaining rotation hole. Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos declined to discuss the extent of his team's interest in Santana on Wednesday. Instead, the Anthopoulos spoke of how much more pitching depth the Blue Jays have this year, thanks to the emergence of young pitchers like Marcus Stroman and the recovery of prospects such as Drew Hutchison and Kyle Drabek from 2012 Tommy John surgery. "We'd love to add a starter to maintain that depth," Anthopoulos said. "But we're comfortable with what we have. If the right guy were to come along at the right price, we're definitely open-minded to the idea of adding one more starting pitcher. "But again, we're comfortable with our internal options."
Ervin Santana to Blue Jays unlikely
ESPN | Feb 19