Originally written on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/16/14
Los Angeles Angels GM Jerry Dipoto began his offseason rebuilding of the rotation by trading right-hander Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals for minor-league lefty Brandon Sisk. Santana had been a fixture in the rotation, winning 96 games (including a no-hitter in 2011) and making one All-Star team since his debut in 2005. But he had a very uneven season in 2012 (9-13, 5.16 ERA) and the Angels had no intention of exercising an option in his contract for 2013. Instead, they got something for nothing -- activating the option year before dealing him (along with $1 million) to the Royals for Sisk, who will compete for a spot in the bullpen next spring. "We were able to bring back a piece in Brandon Sisk to add to our stable of pitching arms and create depth that before today we didn't have," Dipoto said. "This is an opportunity for both teams to cash in on something that they didn't have." The Angels faced a similar decision on right-hander Dan Haren before a Nov. 2 deadline...
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