Duquette on Santana: 'I don't know what's real'

Duquette on Santana: 'I don't know what's real'
March 9, 2014, 12:45 pm
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SARASOTA, Fla. – The Orioles have been rumored to be negotiating with free agent pitcher Ervin Santana. On Sunday, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette refused to characterize those reported negotiations.

“I really don’t know what’s real and what’s not real in that case,” Duquette said.

There have been reports that Santana has been negotiating with several teams, including the Orioles. He’s changed agents, and there was even a report that he was representing himself.

“I can’t really speak to that directly, but I can tell you we’re happy with the pitching we have in camp,” Duquette said. “We’ve added some veterans and continue to develop the players we have.”

The Orioles have added Ubaldo Jimenez and Suk-min Yoon, who leaves today for Ottawa to get his visa. He mentioned Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman and T.J. McFarland as possibilities

“Some of our young pitching, we thought, would show pretty well in spring training and so far, that’s been the case. It looks like we have some other young guys that are on the horizon that could help us during the season,” Duquette said. “We’re going to continue to evaluate the pitchers we have in camp.”

Duquette also said that he’s never satisfied with what the team has on hand.

“Our roster construction goes on all year. We have some more resources that we can invest in our team,” Duquette said.