Sep 12, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starter Ervin Santana (54) delivers a pitch against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Royals Acquire Ervin Santana From Angels


True to form, Dayton Moore made a trade shortly after the World Series. Ken Rosenthal broke the news that the Royals have acquired right-handed starter Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels in return for left-handed minor league reliever Brandon Sisk. The Royals reportedly receive $1 million cash in the deal as well.

The Angels had until the end of the day to exercise an option year that would pay Santana $13 million in 2013. They’d been aggressively shopping he and Dan Haren to teams to dump off the salary obligation to get anything back in return. Santana had a bad 2012 season after giving up a league leading 39 homers, but if his 18.9 HR/FB% regresses to the league norm, his numbers could look much better going forward. He’ll turn 30 in December.

The Royals gave up Brandon Sisk, a lefty who’d been in the organization since 2008. He’s a high strikeout guy with a good slider, but at 27 years old, wasn’t likely to crack the big league roster any time soon.

There’s some risk to taking on Santana, but it’s very slight. If he’s just lost his effectiveness, the Royals are just spinning their wheels, but there’s enough of a chance that he’ll be league average or better to take the chance. That the Royals are giving up a player that wouldn’t have been protected from the Rule 5 draft anyway and getting cash in return makes it a very attractive deal for them. Worst case scenario is that Santana struggles and the Royals don’t see him past 2013 anyway.

The Royals have already claimed Chris Volstad off waivers and should still look to add another pitcher or two to improve the rotation. Dan Haren was someone many speculated the Royals might take a shot at. The Angels have until Friday to decide on his $15.5 million option. As J.J. Cooper of Baseball America said:

 

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  • jimfetterolf

    I’m fairly sure Dan Haren is a target, but he will cost more than Santana and we may not have anything else the Angels need that we are willing to part with, but I assume Royals are talking to the Halos as I type.

    • Michael Engel

      I’m thinking Aaron Crow and maybe an A ball prospect could do it. They’re in the same situation of trying to move him along. He does have a no-trade clause and it has either 8 or 12 teams (depending on who you ask) that could easily include KC. Including better prospects would probably get more cash back as well. It’s not likely, but it’s not impossible.

  • Eric Akers

    Exciting news for me. Not that I think that Santana puts us into contention, but that this is the kind of move we need to make. One year deal means low risk, regardless of the salary. Has potential for making a bit of a come back and being an above average pitcher. If he does prove to be somewhat valuable, then we can offer him a one year qualifying offer at the end of the year and see what happens. If he proves to be too far passed his prime, then he will be gone and not stop any of our other guys.

  • Eric Akers

    Also look at Santana’s last two months of the season and he definitely looks like an above average guy. I am not saying he can do that the entire year, but it looks like he may have gotten over his funk a bit.

  • jimfetterolf

    I looked Santana up on BR and he had two bad months; April and July, and the rest were pretty good. Like most players, he’ll be a coin-flip.

  • ArrowFan

    So the tracker starts and so far I have the 12 mill on Santana plus what ever the waver cost us on the other guy? What is the over under on what we spend this off season on pitching 30 40 50 mill? I know all teams will get a 30 mill bonus next year so anything under that and I will be disappointed.

    • jimfetterolf

      I figured $25-$35 before the new money, so with trading Hoch and Gordon that’s another $15m, so at least $40 and maybe frontload the media money to lock in a frontline starter. Unfortunately, everyone else is in the same boat, but I think we have enough to pick up Haren and Guthrie and even make a play for Marcum or McCarthy. With Guthrie, Haren, Santana, Mendoza, and Chen only our offense and injuries will keep us from contending. Nice thing about Santana and Haren is they can be traded if pitching well to make room for Paulino and/or Duffy.

      • ArrowFan

        Yea 40 or more would at least give me the feeling that Glass has put his money where his mouth is. Let’s just hope that the new additions show up once they get payed.

  • jimfetterolf

    Not to be a downer, but Santana’s ’12 fips were quite similar to Luke’s and he doesn’t throw as hard and costs over twice as much. Until he shows different, he is a coin-flip, he may be Guthrie, he may be Luke. His history says closer to Guthrie, so that’s my hope, although somewhere between the two may be closer and be good enough. The marginal cost of WAR will be going up like a skyrocket with new media money.

    • Michael Engel

      I’m comfortable enough with him having success in the past that he could recapture that. Luke hasn’t had that record and doesn’t get any benefit of the doubt.

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