Philadelphia Phillies: Ervin Santana to be punchline of that joke

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- AUGUST 05: Ervin Santana #54 of the Minnesota Twins looks on against the Kansas City Royals on August 5, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Royals 6-5. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN- AUGUST 05: Ervin Santana #54 of the Minnesota Twins looks on against the Kansas City Royals on August 5, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Royals 6-5. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
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The Philadelphia Phillies heard that Ervin Santana was washed up, and they assumed that meant he was ready for dinner.

The Philadelphia Phillies are sniffing around Ervin Santana, seeing if his thirty-seven-year-old arm has anything left in it. Phillies, let me help you out, it doesn’t.

I like Santana. He was a good pitcher for a long time and even put together a couple of great seasons.

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He has won at least sixteen games four times in his career and was selected to two All-Star games. I just don’t think there is any gas left in the tank.

Three years ago, Santana put together a very respectable year going 16-8 with a 3.28 earned run average for the Minnesota Twins. The following year finger surgery limited him to just five starts in which he was touched up to an ERA of 8.03.

The Twins said, “nuts to this”, kicked him to the curb and the White Sox scooped him up to pitch last season.

He fared worse. After only 3 starts and 13 innings, he was released after posting terrible numbers. Struck out only five in those 13 innings and had a WHIP close to 2.

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Those results didn’t stop the New York Mets from signing him to a minor league contract. Santana failed to make it out of the minors for the rest of the year.

So why at thirty-seven years-old, after two futile years in the bigs, another 18 tragic starts in the Mets minor league system, wouldn’t you bring in this guy for a tryout?

The Philadelphia Phillies are trying to get people to take them seriously. Yet they continue to bring in every Tom, Dick, Harry, and Drew Storen, to see what they have to offer.

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Bottom line Philadelphia, pass on Ervin Santana and find your fifth starter from the lot of names you already have in camp.