The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are listening to tempting offers of trade for Hector Santiago. Rumors are swirling that the teams wanting Santiago’s services include the Mets, Marlins, Orioles, Pirates and Astros
Santiago signed a one-year deal with the Angels worth $5 million and would be a free agent by next year. He is controlled through next season via arbitration and any team that would take him via trade should be able to give him a nice tenure and a good paycheck.
One of the teams seeking to get Santiago is the New York Mets. The Mets could be a possible landing spot for Santiago as they need all the help they can get to strengthen their bullpen. Getting Santiago, who has an average of 4.32 ERA with 96 strikeouts and a winning record at 8-4, will surely bring depth to the Mets.
If that happens, the Mets could very well push relief pitcher Logan Verrett back to its rotation. Verrett has a 4.14 ERA with 44 strikeouts and a winning card of 3-7 thus trading for Santiago would be the logical thing to do.
For the Marlins, they too are also looking for a possible trade for Santiago to ease their rotation, especially in closing matches. But for ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick, the Marlins are also contemplating whether going for the trade or wait for free agency to be able to shop for potential stars. But Crasnick added that he would not be surprised if the Marlins pursue Santiago in the process.
The same can be told of the Orioles, Pirates, and Astros. Getting Santiago could help guide their young roster and at the same give flexibility in their rotation. The Angels, on their part, are looking to improve their roster and future picks for the 2017 draft could sound appealing at this point.
Santiago was drafted by the White Sox during the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. He played with the White Sox until the 2013 season, after which he was then traded to the Angels in 2014 in a three-team trade. For a lefty, Santiago throws a variety of pitches that includes a curveball, a slider, a changeup and an occasional cutter.
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