Last Call: Who Is More Worth The Money? Santana Or Johnson?

View Comments
(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

(Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Baltimore Orioles
Upcoming Games

Buy Orioles Tickets Full Schedule
Friday Apr 10
vs. Blue Jays
Saturday Apr 11
vs. Blue Jays
Sunday Apr 12
vs. Blue Jays
Orioles Central
Shop Team Gear
Shop Tickets
MLB Scoreboard
MLB Standings
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries
1057topper Last Call: Who Is More Worth The Money? Santana Or Johnson?

The Orioles have made a one-year $13 million dollar offer to free agent pitcher Ervin Santana. The Birds have turned into that thrifty shopper hitting the malls on December 24th finding every last good deal on the shelf. They have added Ubaldo Jiminez and Nelson Cruz. They are going all in during this two-year window they have with Chris Davis and Matt Wieters before they hit free agency. That’s a good thing. But one thing everyone seems to have forgotten about is that during the previous two years, one of the biggest pieces of their winning puzzle is gone. And he has not been replaced. Jim Johnson and his 101 saves are in Oakland – given away for basically nothing. To save $10 million. The Orioles didn’t think he was worth it.

Dan Szymborski of ESPN.com joined Zinno on “Last Call” to discuss who would be the better value. Szymborski doesn’t like Santana in Camden Yards because he gives up too many home runs. And he also sees the concept that the closer, in general, is someone who can be replaced. Jim Johnson aside, many teams have recycled closers over the past few years. It wasn’t really a choice of Johnson or Santana, but the Orioles decided to part ways with the All-Star closer.

Follow Zinno on Twitter @MarkZinno

Related Stories – Baltimore Orioles:


View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 5,578 other followers