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.
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