Duquette: I really don’t know what’s real and what’s not real in that case
SARASOTA, Fla.— Will the Orioles be the team to sign free agent pitcher Ervin Santana?
If Baltimore —rumored to be one of the final teams in the running along with Toronto— is going to end up with the right-hander, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette wasn’t going to tip his hand.
“I don’t really know,” Duquette said of if he had a sense Santana would sign somewhere in the next day or two. “I really don’t. I really don’t know what’s real and what’s not real in that case.”
Duquette did acknowledge that the Orioles —who have been very active this spring— could continue that trend, perhaps independent of a Santana signing.
“Our roster construction goes on all year,” he said. “We have some more resources that we can invest in our team and we’ll take a look at each case as it comes up.”
If the Orioles do end up with Santana, they have reportedly offered him a one-year deal similar to the $14 million on the table from Toronto, it would crowd their rotation and almost certainly mean a trade of either Bud Norris or Zach Britton. But Duquette mentioned several times that organization also feels confident in what they already have.
“I would say that we’re going to weed through the guys we have and see where that takes us,” he said. “We’re going to continue to evaluate the pitchers we have in camp.”
“We do have a little more pitching depth with our starting pitching going into the season and some of the young pitchers we have high hopes for are continuing to develop their skills. [Kevin] Gausman looked pretty good last night. [Dylan] Bundy is on track. We still have T.J. McFarland and Zach Britton to look at.