The Kansas City Royals likely thought that a $14.1 million dollar qualifying offer would be a fair exchange for starting pitcher Ervin Santana, though, the veteran thought otherwise as he declined the contractual offer today.
Santana (and his agent) shocked the baseball world the other day when they said they’re looking for a deal around $100 million dollars – a number which means he won’t be returning to Kansas City unless his asking price drops:
Ervin Santana has declined the Royals’ qualifying offer, source says, as expected.
The 30-year-old Santana had a fantastic 2013 season, posting a 3.24 ERA (no small stuff considering he was in the American League) while striking out 161 in 211 innings. Despite that, Santana has a career 4.19 ERA and is simply looking to cash in on his solid season as he’s likely going to be signing his final multi-year deal.
Santana may struggle to find a team willing to take a chance on him, given his checkered history on the field, the contractual demands and the fact he’s going to cost a draft pick in compensation.