Ervin Santana feels like a rookie again, getting a fresh start with the Kansas City Royals.
Good thing, too.
Just about all his new teammates aren't much older than rookies, anyway.
The 29-year-old right-hander took a physical with his new team, and toured Kauffman Stadium on a brisk Monday afternoon, after a trade earlier this month sent him from the Los Angeles Angels to the Royals for a minor league pitcher and some cash to help cover his contract.
''It's like I'm a rookie now,'' Santana said between meetings. ''It's a new team.''
Indeed, Santana has been a fixture in the Angels' rotation since 2005, going 96-80 with a 4.33 ERA while starting at least 28 games in eight consecutive seasons - precisely the kind of dependable starting pitching that the Royals have been lacking for close to three decades.
The Angels signed Santana as a free agent in 2000 and helped him develop into a solid starter of 96 games over the past three seasons. And even though he went 9-13 with a 5.16...