Re. Ervin Santana

As you know, Ervin Santana signed with the Atlanta Braves today. Like many Blue Jay fans, I was disappointed.

Disappointed, but not surprised.

Atlanta was desperate to make up for the possible long-term loss of Kris Medlen, Brandon Beachy and Mike Minor. In addition – as pointed out by Shi Davidi – Santana will probably have better numbers in the NL East than the AL East. Better numbers mean better offers next year.

Not surprisingly, many are criticizing AA and the front office for failing to sign Santana. While respectful criticism is acceptable, there is one thing people appear to be forgetting.

At the end of the day, the ball was always in Ervin Santana’s court. He and agent Jay Alou had the final say and were in full control of everything. This is the purpose of free agency.

If Santana (and Alou) feels he’s better suited for the Braves, then it doesn’t matter how much money and incentives AA throws at him. It also doesn’t matter how many Blue Jays sent him encouraging texts to join the team. It was Santana’s choice. He didn’t choose the Jays. It sucks, but that’s how life is sometimes.

Look at the bright side: At least Santana didn’t sign with Baltimore. Small victories are still victories.

Eric aka @TheHek

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