Originally posted on i70baseball  |  Last updated 11/15/13
The Kansas City Royals know starting pitcher Ervin Santana won’t be with the club next year. They knew Santana would reject the team’s $14.1 million one year qualifying offer. And with Santana’s agent looking for five years and $122 million for his client, the Royals won’t pay that kind of money and years for a starting pitcher, especially one who’s a number two starter at best. Yes, Santana had a good 2013 with a 9-10 record and a 3.24 ERA over 32 starts and 211 innings pitched. He was a durable, reliable pitcher, an important part of the Royals starting rotation behind ace James Shields. But with the Anaheim Angels in 2012, Santana had a 9-13 record with a 5.16 ERA over 30 starts and 178 innings pitched. And don’t forget he gave up a league leading 39 home runs. So When the Royals traded for Santana last season for $12 million, there was a chance he would be a bust. But he wasn’t. Santana is a good pitcher and one of the top free agent starters this offseason. He’ll be 31 this De...
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