Found October 31, 2012 on
Monkey with a Halo:
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 dancing through their heads (which are both laughable notions, by the way). Then the return on the trade was revealed:
OFFICIAL: @royals acquire RHP Ervin Santana and cash from @angels in exchange for Minor League LHP Brandon Sisk.
— MLB (@MLB) October 31, 2012
And just like that, our dreams were dashed. Really, this sounds about right. The Angels had no leverage in any Santana deal since it was widely known they wouldn't pick up his option. Sisk, by all accounts, is nothing more than a Quad-A left-handed reliever. He misses bats, but he also seems to have a bit of control problems. Basically, he's organizational depth. It isn't immediately clear if he is even better than the Angels' incumbent fringy southpaw relief prospect Andrew Taylor. It would've been nice had the Angels done better here, but at least they got something for Santana instead of paying him his $1 million buyout.
Oh, by the way, the Angels kicked in cash, presumably it is some amount equal to or less than $1 million. So there's that too.
As for the repurcussions, some are assuming that this means that Haren will now be brought back. I don't see it that way all. I think these are completely unrelated events. Saving maybe a few hundred thousand bucks (if that) on Santana's buyout won't make a lick of difference when it comes time to decide on Haren's option, which they must do by Friday. What it does do is give us a better idea of what the market is for a pitcher with an expensive 2013 option. Haren is better than Santana, but he is also a bit more expensive, so the Halos might be able to get a player that is a bit more viable as an actual contributor in the majors, but certainly not one that will make a major impact.
All of that aside, I wish Santana well in the AL Central, which was probably always his manifest destiny.
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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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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designated hitter David Ortiz, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
The Texas Rangers also have expressed serious interest in Ortiz,
major-league sources say, envisioning him as a left-handed hitting replacement
for their own free agent, Josh Hamilton.
Ortiz was previously said to be nearing a two-year...
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.