Jul 19, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the game against the Detroit Tigers at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors 2013: Royals listening to offers for Ervin Santana

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, he reported on Twitter that the Kansas City Royals are willing to move Ervin Santana for the right offer.

The Royals aren’t ready to abandon their playoff hopes just yet, even though they are 8 games (46-51) out of first place.

But are apparently close to considering moving the impending free agent for the right price. Santana is pitching pretty well this season, posting an ERA of 3.18 over 19 starts. He has given up 112 hits, 46 earned runs, 16 home runs with 104 strike outs, having a 6-6 record in 130.1 innings pitched.

His last start was against the Detroit Tigers, where he recorded the 1-0 win, working 7.1 innings, allowing 2 hits and striking out 6 batters. He had an extraordinary first half of the season, rebounding from a terrible 2012 season.

Santana has been a co-ace for the Royals alongside James Shields. If teams are interested in trading for Santana, general manager Dayton Moore should be able to get a package of decent prospects, just like the Chicago Cubs did from the Texas Rangers for Matt Garza.

Only question is, who is interested? It could be a handful of teams, especially those who are looking to make a serious run at the playoffs.


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