The Angels have found a taker for Ervin Santana, and not surprisingly, it’s the Royals. The Angels will recieve left-hander Brandon Sisk and cash from the Royals.
Santana, 29, was 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA last season, leading the majors with 39 home runs allowed. However, a year ago he was 11-12 with a 3.38 ERA. The Angels held a $13-million option on Santana and as CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported earlier this week, the team was hoping to trade Santana instead of just letting him go in free agency. Matt Snyder suggested the Royals as a potential landing spot for Santana or the Angels’ other option decision, fellow right-hander Dan Haren.
Kansas City needs starting pitching and the Royals didn’t seem to be in a position to lure free agents.
The transition to Kansas City should aid Santana, who will be 30 in December. The right-hander has a career record of 96-80 with a 4.33 ERA. While Kansas City is a good environment for pitchers, he’s just 3-2 with a 4.59 ERA in his career at Kauffman Stadium—and that was pitching against the Royals.
Posted: October 31, 2012 at 04:55 PM | 47 comment(s)
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