Originally written on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 10/31/12
The Kansas City Royals continued their quest to build a legitimate starting rotation on Wednesday by acquiring Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels.  Santana endured the worst season of his career in 2012 when he posted an ERA over 5 and gave up a league high 38 homeruns.  However, Santana is a former all-star and has proven on more than one occasion that he's capable of being a middle/front of the rotation starter.  In return, the Angels will receive left-handed reliever Brandon Sisk from the Royals. Sisk posted a 2.54 ERA across 67 AAA innings and fanned 73 in the process. For the Royals, their need for starting pitching clearly made Santana's expensive 13 million dollar option for 2013 a necessary risk.  Santana features a 92-94 mph fastball and a devastating slider.  Santana gets into trouble a lot when he can't throw his slider for a strike.  This was the case for most of 2012, hitters keyed in on his fastball and the result was an unfavorable one.  Kauffman Stadium won't necessarily help Santana either as Angel Stadium was already considered a pitching friendly environment, so the Royals coaching staff will likely try to help Ervin focus on throwing strikes again. In Sisk, the Angels receive insurance for their current bullpen lefty Scott Downs.  Sisk's aresenal isn't necessary impressive, he possesses a 90 mph fastball with a good change up and will occasinally mix in a slider.  However, Sisk is known for attacking hitters, which is a trait sorely needed in the Angels organization.  Many of their prospects tend to live on the corners and not challenge hitters.  Sisk's acquistion also signifies that Angels top pitching prospect, lefty Nick Marodne will transfer back to the rotation.  It was feared by many Angel fans that Marodne would be forced into a bullpen role starting in 2013 given the Angels desperate need for depth. This move also signifies that the Angels are serious about saving money for a potential Greinke deal and intend to trade Dan Haren.  Haren has a 15.5 million dollar option for 2013 and if the Angels found a taker for Santana at 13 million, they'l most certainly find a taker for Haren.   All in all, both sides got what they were looking for here.  Hard to see any downside.  The Royals are banking on Santana returning to form and leading their staff and the Angels are saving money and building bullpen depth.    
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Redskins fan who named son after RG3: ‘I don’t regret it at all’

Arthur Blank on Roger Goodell: ‘Change may be appropriate’

Belichick gives typical reply to question about Brady's freedom

Goodell not attending season opener at Gillette Stadium

Jakub Voracek will donate $1,000 for every point he scores

Dwayne Bowe reportedly in danger of being cut by Browns

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Slava Voynov taken into custody by U.S Immigration

The Redskins finally catch a break with Jamison Crowder

GM's wife reportedly pressured by Redskins to apologize

Five Nebraska players suspended for opener named

Jason Pierre-Paul reportedly plans to join Giants next week

Curt Schilling suspended by ESPN for rest of MLB season

Freshmen to watch in Week 1 of college football

Early returns on Manny Machado, MLB shortstop

Judge Berman offered free coffee for life

Conor McGregor insults Jose Aldo, plans move to lightweight

Angry Indy columnist: Don't fall for 'Deflategate magic trick'

Staubach calls Romo 'one of the best quarterbacks in the league'

Utah forbade Harbaugh-themed bus from campus

Sarah Thomas working Giants-Patriots is great for NFL’s future

Clayton Kershaw and his chance at 300 strikeouts

Terrell Owens, wife have Twitter fight over wife swap show

Sonny Gray's AL Cy Young push

The 10 most embarrassing blunders in NFL history

2015 could be one of Peyton Manning's worst seasons

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The Gospel Of Harbaugh prepares for its ultimate test of faith

Meet the Utah Utes, the pluckiest program in college football

Iman Shumpert will name daughter Iman Shumpert Jr.

Dallas company celebrates Romo with DirecTV 'crownies'

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker