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The Kansas City Royals looked to bolster a flawed rotation on Wednesday, by acquiring former All-Star right-hander Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor leaguer Brandon Sisk.
Santana, who’s $13 million option was exercised by the Angels, is coming off of the worst year in his career, posting a 5.16 ERA and totaling a negative fWAR total (-0.9) in 30 starts.
This deal, however, is exactly the type of move the perennially rebuilding Royals need to make. It allows them to bring in a highly talented — if not equally frustrating — starting pitcher for pennies on the dollar without having to drastically overpay for his services on the open market (remember Gil Meche?) and not commit to anything longer than one year (again, remember Gil Meche?).
Santana’s experienced both severe highs — 5.8 fWAR in 2008 — and lows — 2012 being the worst — in his career. But outside of the unsightly ERA last season (5.18), there’s actually a lot of reason to believe that he will rebound in 2013, at least back to a slightly above-average league starter which he was in 2010 and 2011.
Santana’s peripheral stats, at least in terms of walks and strikeouts, have been remarkably consistent over the past four years, averaging between 6.72 and 7.01 punch outs and 2.83 and 3.08 free passes every nine innings. But it’s his homerun rate that spiked in 2012, to an MLB-high 1.97 HR/9.
Historically, the soon-to-be 31-year-old’s homerun rates have fluctuated quite a bit, but it’s never been at this level before, the 2012 mark was nearly 0.75 homeruns per nine innings higher than his career average. Not only that, but his strand rate, which was just about 76% between 2010 and 2011, was also low, at 69.8%.
Playing devil’s advocate, of course, Santana did post an abnormally low BABIP this season, .241, and he will be moving to a neutral park rather than pitching in a favorable environment, so there will be negative impact there too. But, by and large, there are really no reasons to suggest that he can’t bounce back and be productive next season.
And as far as production versus dollars goes, as long as Santana posts a 2.0- to 2.5-win season the Royals get what they essentially paid for with only having to part with 27-year-old minor league reliever. Anything else on top of that is a bonus. And who knows, maybe when Santana bounces back — and if the Royals show some serious progress this season — they might be able to convince him to stay.
There’s really nothing to hate about this move if you’re a Royals fan, really.
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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...
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The Los Angeles Angels have agreed to trade right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals Wednedsay, the Associated Press reports. The Royals agreed to send minor league left-hander Brandon Sisk in return.
The Angels were able to exercise the option Santana has for $13 million next season before trading away the 29-year-old.
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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. [...]
Royals General Manager Dayton Moore likes to strike early, and this offseason is no exception. To help bolster the rotation, the Royals acquired right-handed starter Ervin Santana, 29, and $1MM cash from the Los Angeles Angels for minor league reliever Brandon Sisk, 27. The Royals will likely pay Santana $13MM for 2013.
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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.
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