Royals Acquire Ervin Santana

4:59pm: The Angels are sending $1MM to the Royals, Mike DiGiovanna of the LA Times reports (on Twitter).

4:15pm: The Angels weren't sure about Ervin Santana, but the Royals want to see if he can re-establish himself as an above-average MLB starter. The Royals acquired Santana and cash from the Angels for minor league left-hander Brandon Sisk, the teams announced. The Angels exercised Santana's 2013 option before completing the trade, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times reports (on Twitter).

“We’ve stated all along that starting pitching was a priority this offseason and acquiring someone with the resume of Ervin Santana immediately upgrades our rotation,” Royals GM Dayton Moore said in a statement released by the team.

Ervin Santana - Angels (PW)

The Angels had limited interest in exercising Santana's $13MM option option, but the Royals appear to consider it reasonable. The Royals quietly checked in on Santana's medicals yesterday before completing the deal today, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports (on Twitter).

The 29-year-old posted a 5.16 ERA with 6.7 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 and a 43.2% ground ball rate in 178 innings this past season. Santana's average fastball velocity declined to 91.7 mph, but his swinging strike rate remained constant at 8.4%. He had completed at least 220 innings with ERAs below 4.00 in 2010 and 2011. Rosenthal reported late last night that the Angels were trying to move Santana and Dan Haren.

Sisk, 27, made 50 relief appearances at Triple-A this past season. He posted a 2.54 ERA with 9.8 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 67 1/3 innings — numbers that match up with his career averages through five minor league seasons.

The Royals began the offseason with a clear need for starting pitching. So far they have traded for Santana and claimed Chris Volstad. Volstad remains a non-tender candidate, but Santana will join Bruce Chen, Luis Mendoza, Felipe Paulino and Danny Duffy in the team's projected 2013 rotation. It won't be surprising if GM Dayton Moore continues pursuing starting pitching.

The Royals surely hope this acquisition works out better than the one they made early last offseason. A year ago Kansas City traded Melky Cabrera to San Francisco for Jonathan Sanchez in a deal that didn't work out for the Royals. To their credit, they did flip Sanchez for Jeremy Guthrie, who pitched well down the stretch. 

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the trade (on Twitter) and Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports first reported Sisk's inclusion in the deal (also on Twitter). Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reported two days ago that the Angels were exploring trades involving Santana and Haren. Photo courtesy of US Presswire.


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121 Comments on "Royals Acquire Ervin Santana"


Kpsmith
2 years 10 months ago

Royals should have gone with Haren :/

2 years 10 months ago

Haren is too injury prone.

csp1212
2 years 10 months ago

How is he injury prone? Haren went on the DL for the first time in his career last season and it was only for 15 days.

2 years 10 months ago

Injury prone??? You do know that Haren hadn’t been on the disabled list for around 200 consecutive games before this right? He’s been one of the most durable pitchers in the recent era.

babaganoosh
2 years 10 months ago

Haren has pitched over 200 innings in the 7 years prior to this one, where he still pitched over 175 innings. How is that injury prone?

vtadave
2 years 10 months ago

Were you going for an all-time MLBTR record for most thumbs down in one post? You’re well on your way!

johnsilver
2 years 10 months ago

username explained it all didn’t it? :-)

dc21892
2 years 10 months ago

One injury in his whole career which was last year. Look him up and you’ll see how durable he has been.

LayerCake
2 years 10 months ago

I don’t think I have ever seen 100 down votes for one comment. This was quite a Halloween treat

Joe Valenti
2 years 10 months ago

yea, him and cal ripken just can’t stay healthy….

Sam
2 years 10 months ago

Haren went on the DL for the first time in his career this year for only 15 days… you’re probably confusing him with Harang.

2 years 10 months ago

Obviously, but you would have to give much more up…

Paul W
2 years 10 months ago

Could KC have gotten Haren with just a minor leaguer?

vtadave
2 years 10 months ago

Yep, Wil Myers would have done it. :-)

vtadave
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the down arrow. I wasn’t exactly serious here. Heh.
P.S. Hope to see Myers in RF soon.

Devern Hansack
2 years 10 months ago

These are the type of moves that the Royals should be making. If they can stockpile starting pitching depth, they could be a force in the AL Central in 2013.

Let_My_Cameron_Go
2 years 10 months ago

No because knowing the Royals then they won’t hit…

EarlyMorningBoxscore
2 years 10 months ago

Does this make Haren no longer available. I know the Angels said they’d considered everything. However, this seems to make a Haren deal less likely.

safari_punch
2 years 10 months ago

They pounced on that pretty quick.

hefe300
2 years 10 months ago

The deadline to exercise or buy out Santana’s option was today. Haren’s is Friday.

RepOak
2 years 10 months ago

Seriously???

jigsawkane
2 years 10 months ago

Good move by the Royals. I fully expect an announcement that Haren is going to the Bronx imminently as well.

2 years 10 months ago

Thank you Royals, thought for sure the Sox were gonna trade for him. We just dodged a very inconsistent bullet.

hefe300
2 years 10 months ago

This isn’t a bad gamble for KC, depending on what they gave up. No long term commitment, decent upside…

Red_Line_9
2 years 10 months ago

Looks like they are committing $12/M to the gamble.

Frank
2 years 10 months ago

If Ervin Santana gives them 200+ innings with under a 4.00 ERA then this is a good deal. If Royals can hit and add another pitcher? They can def make a playoff run

2 years 10 months ago

The royals have way too many holes in their lineup to be a contender plus their best pitcher before the trade was Luke Hochevar, that is not a contending team

mypoorbuccos
2 years 10 months ago

Felipe Paulino says Hi

sarcasm_robot
2 years 10 months ago

…. i guesssss

get_on_up
2 years 10 months ago

what lineup holes are you referring to

Colin Christopher
2 years 10 months ago

Do you watch the Royals? The only glaring holes in the lineup, offensively, were Francoeur and whomever played 2B. Granted, Hosmer was disappointing, but he’s going to bounce back. And how do you evaluate Hochevar as their best pitcher before the trade? Hochevar was the worst SP in KC this season. Guthrie, Chen, and Mendoza were all better than Hoch, and Duffy and Paulino were both better before they got hurt, too.

tdsmith
2 years 10 months ago

Luke Hochevar is not the best pitcher, and I’ll take Ervin’s name in that rotation over Luke’s any day .

Brandon
2 years 10 months ago

Even if he doesn’t do that it’s a good trade. They gave up nobody to get him. Only risk is the fairly high salary. He immediately is the ace of the staff. He’s not a star but there’s a chance he’s a solid #3 and potential #2. Good move KC. Also shows the fans that at least they are trying to add pitching.

Devin Ruffner
2 years 10 months ago

which is why i wish the Indians would have made this move…

Sean Feeney
2 years 10 months ago

gotta be for someone in that young pen right??? the only fit…

DerekJeterDan
2 years 10 months ago

First trade of the off-season for the Royals who have made pitching a priority.

2 years 10 months ago

Oakland, Arizona and Miami.

mmiller54
2 years 10 months ago

He said for the Royals, not the first trade of the off-season.

DerekJeterDan
2 years 10 months ago

Santana is definitely a gamble but the Royals need to stockple as many arms as they can and Santana if he bounces back could be a nice middle of the rotation arm for them. I understand this move and now wonder what Dan Haren’s future holds in store. They only gave up Brandon Sisk to get this done. Solid deal

Red_Line_9
2 years 10 months ago

Stockpiling arms….yes….but a stockpile of garbage is still a stockpile of garbage…..the Royals won’t be a better team by just having 10 mediocre starters on the roster. Creating a battle for a #5 slot is great…but creating a battle for almost every slot in the rotation means there are serious issues.

Otis26
2 years 10 months ago

Um…there ARE serious issues.

Red_Line_9
2 years 10 months ago

and that is why stockpiling arms won’t really help the Royals…because the arms they would be stockpiling are freely available parts. There’s not necessarily strength in numbers….one top end starter is worth more than four #5 starters posting 5.00 plus eras. All of the lower end salaries add up. It’s time for the Royals to use the farm system to build the major league rotation. The Royals can hit all they want going forward…but any rotation looking like the one they have run out there lately will still lose. The arms are way behind the bats and are no quarantee out of the system. Jeff Hochevar anywhere but the 5 slot means trouble.

123Redsox
2 years 10 months ago

who do u think they got in return?

Mike1L
2 years 10 months ago

One year, Gil Meche before he got injured numbers for Gil Meche cost. How does that fit their budget?

FacelessGeneralManager
2 years 10 months ago

What?

Mike1L
2 years 10 months ago

I said that very poorly. Santana isn’t all that much different than Gil Meche through the same age in their career: their similarity scores are quite high. And the cost for one year ($13 Million) is very similar to Meche’s one year contract value. So I thought the mindset of the front office was comparable

Commander_Nate
2 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the no-hitter and the ’05 ALDS, Voodoo.

OsFan106
2 years 10 months ago

Great move for the Royals. Decent upside with Santana. Hopefully they didnt give too much up

2 years 10 months ago

Now, trade for the Braves Tommy Hanson … please.

2 years 10 months ago

Yes gives us Myers!!!!!

CubsFan5
2 years 10 months ago

Keep dreaming

michael hughes
2 years 10 months ago

Tommy Hanson probably needs major surgery. He’s had a partially torn rotator cuff for a while now and its not getting any better, which probably explains the huge drop off in his average fastball velocity. If the Braves can trade him I’d be a happy Braves fan.

2 years 10 months ago

Jon Morosi tweets: Sources: #Angels receive Brandon Sisk in Ervin Santana trade.

ThisGuyRocks
2 years 10 months ago

So far the only name i’ve seen in the return for the Angels is Brandon Sisk. Royals official twitter says Santana and Cash for Sisk

ThisGuyRocks
2 years 10 months ago

Jon Morosi tweeted the same thing

J. C. Hahne
2 years 10 months ago

Apparently the Angels get Brandon Sisk in return per Rosenthal. Not sure who Sisk is, any help Royals fans?

lakersdodgersyankees4life
2 years 10 months ago

Looks like a AAA reliever. 27 years old, never in the majors. Did well but is older

Commander_Nate
2 years 10 months ago

Only 3 seasons in the minors at that age…guessing he was picked out of college and it’s about time to see if he can hang in the Majors or not.

twentyfivemanroster
2 years 10 months ago

Actually, five seasons. BR has that messed up.

ThisGuyRocks
2 years 10 months ago

27 years old. Last season in AAA 2.54 ERA in 50 games (67.1 innings). 73/32 K/BB. For all those sabremetrics, you gotta look them up yourself. 😉

john owens
2 years 10 months ago

Well at 27 he couldn’t make the Royals rotation last year, that’s pretty much all you need to know.

kdub53
2 years 10 months ago

pretty much sums it up for me

kdub53
2 years 10 months ago

i will say though minus the last season i will miss santana…hope things improve for the guy

Devin Ruffner
2 years 10 months ago

he is a reliever, so he wouldn’t have made the rotation…

Colin Christopher
2 years 10 months ago

Keith Law says he’s basically a lefty specialist who has an okay fastball and a decent slider. Given that he’s 27 and hasn’t made it past AAA, I’d guess the ceiling isn’t very high.

truroyal15
truroyal15
2 years 10 months ago

Good move by the Royals. Was shocked when I heard the news.