Sep 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Ervin Santana (54) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Ervin Santana May Have a Home Soon

Aug 30, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) looks in before delivering a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays beat the Royals 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

At the moment that Ervin Santana turned down his qualifying offer, it seemed as though there was no chance that he would return to the Kansas City Royals. When word came out about the type of contract that Santana was seeking, a six year deal worth $100 Million, that thought became a virtual certainty. No matter how well Santana performed in Kansas City, and even if he wanted to come back, there was no way that the Royals would spend that type of money on a player.

Yet, as the days turned into weeks and the weeks stretched into months, Santana was still available. Perhaps it was due to the qualifying offer and subsequent draft pick compensation. Or, maybe that was due to the unfolding Masahiro Tanaka saga. The wait could also have been due to Santana’s very roller coasteresque performance over the past seven years. Regardless of the reason, the longer Santana remained a free agent, the greater the chances became that he could actually return to Kansas City.

However, those hopes appear to have been dashed. While Ervin Santana has reportedly come closer to signing, the Royals are not one of the three or four teams that are considered to be in the running for his services. In fact, according to Santana’s agent, Jay Alou, the Royals have not been in contact with him for some time.

“I just think they have their (rotation) set with the guys they already signed,” Alou said. “I think the main thing is they just ran out of money.”

It may be possible for the Royals to find the money needed for Santana’s expected asking price of $42 Million over the next three years. Emilio Bonifacio was released, clearing up some money. If Dayton Moore can con someone somehow trade Wade Davis, then the Royals may be able to emerge with Santana. After all, his agent did not rule out such a possibility.

However, Alou leaving the door open for Ervin Santana to return to Kansas City is likely nothing more than posturing, trying to get the thought of a potential return implanted into the mind of some general manager to try to get as much money as possible. Ervin Santana just is not walking through that door when the Royals pitchers and catchers report on February 14th.

From the looks of things, Ervin Santana will know where he will be pitching in the near future. However, it is relatively certain that it will not be in Kansas City.

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  • jessanders

    Vargas- 4/32. Chen – 1/4.25 (buyout included) – 2014 total 12.25
    Malholm- 1/1.5+incentives, Santana (likely) 3/39. 2014 total 14.50

    Way to go, GMDM. Way to freakin’ go.

  • unclejesse40

    I really want to see what he signs for before I get to worked up over this one. All it takes is a couple of teams getting silly with money or years for me to not want to see this signing happen.

    • jimfetterolf

      Stop being reasonable, Jess, this is the internet :)

      • Dave Hill

        I agree Jim. Thought that reasonable and rational discussion was not allowed on the internet. :)

        • unclejesse40

          Sorry guys don’t know what came over me!

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Starting pitching wins championships. Having an awesome pen means nothing if they come in tied or behind. The sad part is the Royals ownership is a pathetic waste. I cant stand hearing they are over their limit. B freaking S. Thank goodness I live close to Arlington to watch a MLB team. I wld rather them trade Butler and Gordon and sign a stud pitcher than continue this starting pitching merry go round. Look at the Tigers and Cards. 2- 3 stud pitchers that they signed and dont have to worry about. When Shields leaves and dm gets fired that will be an amazing day for dg and his sorry freaking attitude towards his hobby as an owner.

  • moretrouble

    I don’t believe KC wants to reduce the effectiveness of their bullpen by trading off parts to free up money for another veteran starter. And, there is the idea that giving 3 year deals to veteran starters will prevent KC from opening rotation spots for their talented youngsters when they’re ready. It’s the right move if you believe Duffy and Ventura will pitch well this year. But, putting Chen in there is a little strange. He’s the one guy I didn’t think would occupy a rotation spot — much less even be on the team. As I said in an earlier post, if they intend on making the playoffs with a middle three of Vargas-Guthrie-Chen, I think they’re out of their minds.

    • jimfetterolf

      Opinions vary. I’ld start with Shields, Duffy, Hochevar, Vargas, and Guthrie with Chen and Davis in the ‘pen to step into the rotation as needed and with Ventura a phone call away. Let results sort them out.

  • Chad Woelk

    I love how David Glass is worth 1.3 Billion dollars and pretends that they are over their break even point esp with the 25 million extra dollars each team got this year. I just wish he would sell the team and let a new owner who really wants to contend step in. If only Mark Cuban could get involved!!!! I will support the Royals no matter what but this is ridiculous. Dayton made some great moves this offseason (Aoki and Infante) but going out early and signing Vargas to 4 years was a really stupid move esp when Dayton talks all the time about not wanting to give veteran free agents more than 3 years. If Glass is not willing to have a payroll of 120 million in the near future we will be without Gordon, Butler, Shields, Holland and Hosmer in the near future. Thanks Mr. Gl(ass)!!!!!