Update: Wednesday, October 31 at 5:35 p.m. ET
Sisk, the player the Angels are getting in return for Santana, is a 27-year-old pitcher who has spent his career in the minors and last season in Triple A.
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Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports has the report:
It is not shocking the Angels dealt Santana. As Rosenthal, and plenty others, had pointed out, the Angels were aggressively shopping Santana and fellow starter Dan Haren before reaching the deadline on their options.
Rosenthal goes onto report that the Angels weren't expected to pick up the option for either—Santana's being at $13 million and Haren's at $15 million.
If this deal does indeed go through, Kansas City must now pick up Santana's contract. They can lessen the pay for the coming season by negotiating a longer deal with Santana, but that is not without risk as the 29-year-old is coming off what could easily be called the worst season of his seven-year career.
Santana went just 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA, a 1.27 WHIP and a negative-1.5 WAR.
However, there is the possibility that the Royals will just let him play on the one-year deal. They need a boost to the rotation, and even coming off a subpar season, Santana is a legitimate starter.
With a thin crop of starting pitchers on the free-agent market, teams will be overpaying to add arms this season, much like Kansas City did in this instance.