Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Phillies are inquiring about Ervin Santana.

Santana has an impressive 2013 season going 9-10 while registering a 3.24 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and 161 strikeouts in 211 innings last season for the Royals.

Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer refutes the report from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.

Cole Hamels' shoulder issues could be prompting the interest in Santana, though the club suspects it's not a serious issue.  Gregg Murphy, part of the Phillies broadcast team joined me on the show today and didn't buy into that.

"I don't buy that for a second, this ownership wants to win."

If the Phillies ownership wants to win, is adding a pitcher like Santana the right move?  Secondly, where would he fit into the rotation?

 

If in fact Hamels is fine, he would be at the top of the rotation, followed by Cliff Lee, AJ Burnett, Kyle Kendrick and Roberto Hernandez - so where exactly would Santana fit in?

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Santana is now seeking a one-year contract, and wants to sign someplace as quickly as possible.  It was believed the 31-year-old right-hander was seeking a contract worth close to $50 million.