The sound track to baseball’s offseason is running out of time. If it were a song on your iPhone, it would be under a minute. As the music nears a close, free agents are scrambling for chairs. With right-hander Matt Garza signed, two prominent free-agent pitchers are looking for homes: Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez. The Rockies have mild interest in Santana, but are not pursuing him at his current price. They are also are reluctant to surrender a draft pick, even a competitive balance selection around the 35th overall. Santana’s asking price is unknown. He started the winter seeking $100 million according to multiple reports. It’s safe to assume he wants to match what Garza received from the Brewers — four years, $52 million. The Rockies aren’t interested in him at that figure, and given his flyball history, aren’t going to overextend on the right-hander. As for Jimenez, his time in Colorado didn’t end well. After putting together the best single-season in Rockies’ history in 2010, when he threw a no-hitter, started the All-Star Game and won 19 games, he slumped. He didn’t win his first game of 2011 until June as his relationship with the team fractured. He was shipped to Cleveland at the trading deadline for Drew Pomeranz, Alex White, Matt McBride and Joe Gardner. Pomeranz and White have both been traded, with starter Brett Anderson and reliever Wilton Lopez as the key pieces involved still with the Rockies. Jimenez, too, should be able to match Garza’s money. Teams have been in no hurry to bid on him because of the draft-pick compensation and his wild inconsistencies, save for the second half of last year. The Blue Jays, Royals, Mariners and Indians are all seeking pitching, and appear poised to make bids for Santana and Jimenez.
Rockies have mild interest in Ervin Santana
Denver Post | Jan 28