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The Kansas City Royals and Los Angeles Angels made the first big trade of the MLB offseason Wednesday when the Royals acquired starting pitcher Ervin Santana from the Angels for minor league left-hander Brandon Sisk. The Royals also received $1 million dollars from the Angels who exercised the $13 million dollar option on Santana’s contract prior to the deal.
The 29-year-old Santana posted a 5.16 ERA with 6.7 K/9, 3.1 BB/9 and a 43.2% ground ball rate in 178 innings this past season. Meanwhile the 27-year-old Sisk made 50 relief appearances at Triple-A this past season posting a 2.54 ERA with 9.8 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 67 1/3 innings.
The Angels are also reportedly trying to move starter Dan Haren.
The Yankees returned Rule 5 draft pick Brad Meyers back to the Nationals after spending the entire season on the DL with a shoulder injury.
The Cleveland Indians exercised a contract option on starter Ubaldo Jimenez and declined the options on starter Roberto Hernandez and longtime DH Travis Hafner.
The Tigers outrighted utility man Don Kelly to Triple-A. Kelly however elected free agency and is now available to sign with any team.
The Diamondbacks have declined the $1.24 million dollar option on Henry Blanco. This is according to Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports on Twitter.
Toronto decided to exercise the contract option on left-hander Darren Oliver. The club also declined the option on Rajai Davis but re-signed him to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million.
Jorge De La Rosa exercised his $11 million dollar contract option with the Colorado Rockies.
Agent Scott Boras is reportedly seeking a four-year deal for closer Rafael Soriano who declined a $14 million dollar option with the Yankees Wednesday.
BEST OF MAXIM
Yesterday, the Kansas City Royals traded for pitcher Ervin Santana. Santana had spent his entire career with the Los Angeles Angels up to this point and had seen equal amounts of success and failure. He was a main part of the Angels rotation in 2011 and threw a no-hitter. Then, in 2012, something changed. He regressed. There was no apparent reason for the regression. Now...
The Royals, moving quickly to bolster their rotation, acquired right-hander Ervin Santana from the Angels on Wednesday.
The Angels needed to decide by Wednesday whether to exercise Santana's $13 million option for 2013.
The Royals presumably will pick up that option. It is not yet known whether the Angels are including cash in the deal to cover part of Santana's salary...
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...
LET'S MAKE A DEAL
Are the Angels looking to trade two of their pitchers? A report says they're shopping Ervin Santana and Dan Haren. Will they have luck dealing them?
Tweet The Kansas City Royals need starting pitching help. The Los Angeles Angels had two whom they held pricey club options on for the 2013 season. Now, they have just one. Today the Angels sent 29-yeard old right-hander Ervin Santana to the Royals in exchange for left-handed pitcher Brandon Sisk and cash considerations. [...]
Be prepared for the Angels to make at least one trade this week. At this point, it will be an upset if they do not.
The team, according to major-league sources, is aggressively trying to move right-handers Dan Haren and Ervin Santana before deciding on their respective -- and expensive -- club options for 2013.
"I think they trade both guys," one rival executive said...
Ben and Sam discuss what the Ervin Santana trade says about the Royals` rotation and the pitching market, then talk about what Rick Hahn`s ascension to the GM role in Chicago means for the future of front offices.
The Angels had until today to decide whether to exercise Ervin Santana‘s $13 million option or pay him a $1 million buyout and make him a free agent. After a miserable 2012 season, it was pretty obvious that they weren’t interested in picking up the option, so today, they shipped him to Kansas City.
The deal, as reported by Ken Rosenthal, is Santana and cash for LHP Brandon...
So maybe Ken Rosenthal knew what he was talking about after all when he predicted the Angels would make a trade this week. As it turns out, one was made within 24 hours of his prediction as Rosenthal just broke the news that Ervin Santana has been traded to the Kansas City Royals.
This news momentarily got Angel fans all aflutter with visions of Eric Hosmer and Greg Holland...
Ben and Sam discuss the decisions the Angels are about to make concerning Dan Haren and Ervin Santana and talk about what their 2013 rotation will look like, then predict 2013`s division/World Series winners and last-place teams.