Right-hander Ervin Santana is returning to the majors for the first time since 2019. The Royals selected the veteran’s contract, placed righty Josh Staumont on the IL for an undisclosed reason, recalled righty Tyler Zuber and optioned infielder/outfielder Ryan McBroom, Anne Rogers of MLB.com tweets.
Santana pitched for five big league teams, including the Royals, from 2005-19, and typically produced solid results while eating up a significant number of innings. The 38-year-old has six seasons of 200-plus innings under his belt, 2,421 in total, as well as a 4.09 ERA. While with the Royals in 2013, he fired 211 innings of 3.24 ERA ball, though Santana then rejected KC’s qualifying offer and went through a prolonged stay in free agency before signing with the Braves.
Santana lasted just one year in Atlanta before joining Minnesota, with which he delivered quality seasons in 2016-17. However, a middle finger injury limited Santana to five starts, 24 2/3 innings and an ugly 8.03 ERA. He continued to struggle during his most recent action, as he recorded a 9.45 ERA in three starts and 13 1/3 frames as a member of the White Sox. Santana finished the year in the Mets organization, but he didn’t pitch for them that season, and he sat out 2020 before signing a minors pact with the Royals.
Santana has started in 384 of 387 appearances, though it remains to be seen which role he’ll fill now. Notably, Royals starters have put up a 5.56 ERA – the sixth-worst mark in baseball.
Welcome back Big Erv! Best news I’ve seen in some time.
Hopefully it will give Twins fans something to smile about, since he was solid during his time with the team.
And the city is going up in smoke and it will only get worse once the Chauvin trial concludes, regardless of the verdict. So many officers are already leaving the force in anticipation for it.
Sorry Steve Adams, but Minnesota ain’t the place to be.
remember police motto is ‘protect and serve.’ not ‘hunt and shoot to kill.’
You’re right. But I’m concerned this comment section will now turn into a basket of deplorable comments
We’ll just give MN to Canada.
If officers are leaving the force then good riddance; I’d speculate they are more of the problem than the solution
Sorry to hijack, but comments in the post about Hernandez and Springer were closed for some reason, so I wanted to comment here:
What a waste of money George Springer is. Guy was only gonna be useful in the first 2 years of the deal anyway, and now he’s not gonna play a single game all year. Total bum. Wishing the best for Teoscar, hope he’s back soon. The jays have a 2 man lineup right now (Bo and Vladdy only good hitters.)
So insightful. Glad you found a place where you could call Springer a bum
Wow that’s just a tad dramatic.
injury doesn’t make him a bum.
If it were a serious injury, you would be right. However, Springer is suffering from random muscle “strains” that don’t seem serious at all. If your muscles are sore, play to loosen them up! It’s obvious he’s just happy with his fat contract and doesn’t wanna play. He’s not engaged in MLB anymore. Hence, he’s a total bum.
Agreed. He has zero connection or interest in Toronto, aside from them paying his salary. At least PRETEND to love the city and culture, instead of saying he has “no interest” in living there.
bj’s cannot even play in toronto for god’s sake! aren’t you too harsh on him?
Are you aware the team employs their own doctors who see these players? A player cant just decide to sit and act as though they are injured on a regular basis. The team would both withhold a paycheck and fine them. The Chicago Bulls and Ben Gordon went through it.
Off topic – but if a pitcher makes an error and the run scores as a result , why is that not an earned run? He, the pitcher made the error that earned the run. Just saying … I get the long standing rule but thought I’d throw it out there and see if I’m just nuts.
Because the offensive team did not earn the run. It was granted to them, regardless of what defensive position did the granting.
I don’t think you’re nuts, letmeclearmythroat. I’ve been suggesting that for years. As far as I know, the only reason errors exist is to not penalize the pitcher’s ERA when his teammate did something wrong. My response to TwinCities is: If an opposing hitter somehow gets a pitcher to make an error, isn’t that earning the run? Maybe he’s psyching him out? Or maybe the baserunner is so good at stealing bases he made the pitcher worry more about him than the hitter and make a throwing error? Either way the pitcher himself earned that run he gave up. Isn’t that what EARNED RUN Average is all about? If not it should be. The ERA stat can be very misleading and this is one of many ways to help make it more accurate. I say change it so pitchers can’t make errors and let the official scorers decide which offensive player is most deserving of the RBI. The worst part is that if a pitcher makes an error on what should have been the 3rd out of an inning and then gives up 10+ runs after that, none of those runs count. The batters still get RBI’s and runs scored but it doesn’t penalize the pitcher. How does that make any sense in circumstances when the pitcher is the ONLY player to create the problem? A pitcher can be the only player on his team to make an error, his team can lose because he surrenders 10+ runs and yet somehow the pitcher can still finish the game with an ERA of 0.00. There’s something wrong with that.
Hey I think those are really good points from an interesting perspective. I fully agree that errors can be forced. We’ve all heard “He forced an error with his speed”. Supporting your point, “forced an error” is pretty contradictory, isn’t it? I think my previous comment is the MLB official scoring way to look at it, and I feel closer to how you feel about it. They asign an error when they deem that 1) the ball was touched by the defender, and 2) the play should have been made. About the 2 outs error, I thought they became earned runs again after the guy who knocked in the guy who got on by error has scored. Is that wrong? If you’re right about an infinite amount of unearned runs from 1 error, yeah that’s awful. But it’s not as awful as that runner on second in extras, right? I think that’s the worst thing to happen to baseball, and I promise that’s not just because the Twins can’t win one.
Thanks Gents … I think it’s Gould be an earned run … possibly baseballs thought is … the pitcher is being penalized as his fielding percentage will take a hit for the error. Maybe not to ding him twice , I don’t know. But if you make an out as a batter it impacts slugging, average , OBP …. and so on. I think it should be changed. Also, I agree , this runner on 2nd stuff for extras is STUPID. What’s next, a mercy rule? Fouled 3rd strike your out? Start with a 1 and 1 count ? I think a true baseball fan could care less about the length of the game. Just my opinion.
Santana only pitched for the royals in 2013 and not from 05-13.
It says he played for 5 MLB teams, including the Royals. Not that he played for the Royals from 05-19.
Who will be the Comeback Player of the Year?
Would be great if Mancini is. He is well deserving of it with what he has been through.
1. Trey Mancini
2. Mitch Haniger
Michael Fulmer could be comeback player of the year. Possibly.
Very talented multi-year veterinarian. Let’s see what he’s got in the tank
I guess a veterinarian with the Royals works on polo ponies and corgis.
angels should have extended him. along with kendrick and others. most wanted to stay at discount.
No mention of Santana’s PED suspension in 2014. Also, his real first name is Johan. He changed it to Ervin to avoid confusion with the other Johan Santana.