Earlier today, the Angels made it know that they were making an “aggressive” attempt to dump the salaries of both Dan Haren and Ervin Santana to avoid having to pay a combined $28 million to both if they remain on roster. One of those names moved quickly after we reported that the duo were on the block, and the Royals have seemingly gotten away with a massive steal acquiring right-hander Ervin Santana for a minor league lefty.
Santana has an abysmal 2012 season, posting an ERA north of 5.00 and a record of 9-13.
In exchange for the pricey, but potentially golden righty, the Royals gave up minor league pitcher Brandon Sisk. It’s been assumed for sometime that Santana was on his way out of Los Angeles, but the low price he went for goes to show just how little the Angels valued the right-hander who pitched a no-hitter in his first career complete game back in 2011.
The move shows not only that the Angels dumped Santana in every sense, but the Royals may be finally making a push to be a relevant franchise. With a slew of young players finally getting their act together, the Royals have tremendous upside potential and with Santana, that worth only gets better.
Santana is still conflicted about the trade to Kansas City for basically nothing.
“I have to realize that this is a business,” Santana said, citing Kauffman Stadium as one of his favorites in the majors. “They trade me, and I just have to accept it and move on. It’s going to be hard because I’ve known my teammates for a long time, but now I’m going to have new teammates. I can’t wait to meet them in person and hang out.”
The Angels still have the matter of dealing with Dan Haren’s $15 million option, as he has a no-trade clause which could complicate things. But at the very least the Royals have dumped $13 million of the $28.5 million they’d have owed both.