Thinking last year was more of an anomaly than a regular occurrence, the Royals have opened up trade talks involving Santana but want rival clubs to know his price will not be cheap.
According to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, Kansas City has an elevated price tag for Santana and is unlikely to trade him unless they are giving an overwhelming offer:
Rival clubs say price for
#Royals’ Santana is high, maybe even higher than what #Cubs got for Garza. KC wants major-league ready talent.
Outside of last season, Santana has posted three seasons with a sub 4.00 ERA – extremely solid numbers for any starter, let alone one who pitches in the hitter heavy American League.
While not exactly a prized name, the Royals don’t have much reason to trade Santana unless they feel they’ll be unable to re-sign him at season end as he enters free agency.
Given their high price tag, it seems as if they’re relatively confident in their ability to do so.