Angels Ervin Santana Traded to Royals


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Royals will be paying the majority of Santana’s $13 million deal

Sometimes where there is smoke there is fire. The Los Angeles Angels reportedly have been shopping starters Dan Haren and Ervin Santana ahead of Friday’s option deadline. Today the Angels traded right-hander Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for minor league left-hander Brandon Sisk.

The Angels exercised Santana’s $13 million option for next season before trading the Dominican veteran and cash to the Royals. Santana as a 96-80 record with the Angels since 2005 with a 4.33 ERA. However, Santana was 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA in 2012. He gave up a major league high 39 home runs.

The Angels plan a rotation of Jered Weaver, C.J. Wilson, Garrett Richards and hope to re-sign Zack Greinke for 2013 making Santana expendable.

Santana seemed already at peace with trade, “I have to realize that this is a business,” Santana said, citing Kauffman Stadium as one of his favorites in the majors. “They trade me, and I just have to accept it and move on. It’s going to be hard because I’ve known my teammates for a long time, but now I’m going to have new teammates. I can’t wait to meet them in person and hang out.”

Meanwhile, the Royals will be paying the majority of Santana’s $13 million deal. Santana has been largely inconsistent for most of his career, but was an All-Star selection in 2008 and had three seasons of winning 16 games. The Royals apparently are satisfied that Santana is worth the risk.

The Royals have demonstrated no aversion to making deals for starting pitchers, giving up Melky Cabrera last November for starter Jonathan Sanchez. Sanchez went 1-6 with a 7.76 ERA and was designated for assignment and eventually traded to Colorado.

Sisk spent last season with Triple-A Omaha, going 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA and eight saves.