Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/21/14
If the Kansas City Royals decide to make right-hander Ervin Santana available, he would instantly become one of the top starters on the trade market. However, Danny Knobler of CBS Sports doesn’t expect the Royals – who had gone 20-12 over the past 36 days – to make Santana available this summer. The Royals are currently six games back in the American League Central, while they are eight back of the second Wild-Card spot. Considering their recent hot-streak, the Royals are looking like they have more of a chance to become buyers or at least stand pat rather than selling this summer. Prior to their run, it appeared Kansas City could be on the verge of selling veterans such as Santana. He’s been excellent this season, and he could help the Royals add to their young core. Over 18 starts he’s posted an ERA and WHIP of 3.37 and 1.114 with a 3.63 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Santana is also a free agent after the current season, but Knobler notes that the team is considering retaining him beyond 2013. They figure to at least make the 30-year-old a qualifying offer, meaning they’d at least receive a draft pick if he were to sign a deal elsewhere. Because they know they’ll at least be able to get a draft pick out of Santana, the Royals asking price for the right-hander will be high if they decide to trade him at all. Kansas City is nearing a tough stretch on their schedule, so how they do in the coming weeks will determine their stance at the deadline. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?

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