Is Santana what the Jays need?

Ervin Santana gets a visit to the mound last season after giving up back-to-back homers to the...

Ervin Santana gets a visit to the mound last season after giving up back-to-back homers to the Yankees. (Reuters)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:20 AM ET

There is a very real possibility that Ervin Santana could be a member of the Blue Jays within the next day or two.

And that leaves Blue Jays fans with a big question to answer: Is this a good thing? Or a bad thing?

On the one hand, Santana is a veteran pitcher, yet still only 31, about to enter his 10th major-league season, coming off one of the best seasons of his career. Sounds good, at least on the surface, especially to a team such as the Blue Jays that really needs another arm to help make the starting rotation deep enough to withstand the rigors of the American League East.

He had a 3.24 ERA with the Kansas City Royals last season, lowest full-season ERA of his career, rebounding from a 5.16 ERA the year previous, his last of eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. In that 2012 season, Santana led the American League in home runs allowed.


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