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
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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