Orioles could have interest in Santana

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 3, 2014 at 5:26 pm •  Published: March 3, 2014
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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have been busy signing free agents since training camp opened last month. Johan Santana could be next.

Santana was at Baltimore's training complex on Monday, and he posed for a photo with young pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez, who sent it out on Instagram.

Chris Davis, who hit a long home run to center field in the Orioles' 9-2 loss to the Minnesota Twins, likes the idea of signing Santana.

"In the past he was one of the best," Davis said. "Hopefully he can regain his form and be a help for us. There are some things you can't coach and experience is one of those things, and he definitely brings that to the table."

The left-hander threw for the Orioles and several other teams last week in Fort Myers, Florida.

Baltimore hasn't officially commented on a possible minor league deal for Santana, who last pitched in the majors in 2012 for the New York Mets. The two-time Cy Young Award winner had a second operation on his left shoulder last year.

"There are irons in the fire," manager Buck Showalter said. "Certain things like that come to fruition at different times."

Davis, the major league home run leader with 53, hit his first — and the Orioles' first — in their fourth game of the spring.

"It always feels good. I think the most important thing is seeing pitches early on," Davis said.

Bud Norris started for the Orioles and threw two shutout innings, allowing one, striking out two and walking one. Kevin Gausman followed and gave up a run on two hits in two innings. Gausman also struck out two and walked one.