KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals have extended a qualifying offer to right-hander Ervin Santana, which means they would receive a compensatory draft pick if the free agent signs elsewhere.
The qualifying offer this year was 14.1 million. Players have until Nov. 11 to accept.
The Royals have expressed hope that they can bring back Santana, but he's coming off a stellar season in which he went 9-10 with a career-best 3.24 ERA. His performance in helping the Royals to an 86-76 record, their best since 1989, could price him out of their market.
The Royals also reinstated right-hander Felipe Paulino from the 60-day disabled list on Monday. Paulino had Tommy John surgery in 2012 and made seven rehab starts in the minor leagues this past season.