One of those is Ervin Santana. After spending 2013 with the Royals, having been traded from the Angels after 2012, it had become a point of discussion as to whether Kansas City would retain the 31 year old right hander. The Royals have just come off of their first winning season in a decade and are seen as a legitimate threat to the Detroit Tigers for their AL Central crown.
General Manager Dayton Moore says that they have maintained contact with Santana and his agent ‘periodically,’ as Kansas City Star reporter Andy McCullough says. Not much has changed over that time. Moore maintains that the Royals ‘don’t see a fit’ with Santana.
Ervin Santana and his agent, Adam Katz, began his off season by stating he was looking for a five-year, $80 million contract. Since then, his contract demands have had to come down considerably, but since the Royals did tender a qualifying offer to him and he declined, he is tied to draft pick compensation.
Santana has been mostly an up and down pitcher for his career. He had a decent year in Kansas City, pitching with a 9-10 record and a 3.24 ERA over 32 starts. The year before in Los Angeles, however, he was 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA. He is a fairly durable pitcher, throwing well over 200 innings three out of the last four seasons.