Sep 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals pitcher Ervin Santana (54) delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers during the first inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Royals unlikely to bring back Ervin Santana

The Kansas City Royals are nearing their payroll limit for the 2014 season which will likely all but end any negotiations the team was having with starer, Ervin Santana.

The free agent pitcher has been among one of the more desired arms in the free agent market, but has struggled to find a deal given his age, desired contract and the fact the Royals extended a qualifying offer to the 31-year-old.

A return to the Royals was a small possibility, but Kansas City opted to spend money on Jason Vargas and Omar Infante, meaning there’s little available funds left to bring back Santana:

#Royals are at payroll limit, so chances of bringing back Ervin Santana on 1-year deal are remote even if his price dropped.

There are simply too many teams willing to give Santana a valuable one-year deal, a price the Royals would likely deem unaffordable so a return at this point looks all but non-existent.

The Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Mets have recently expressed interest in Santana.

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