Los Angeles Angels Trade Ervin Santana to Kansas City Royals

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2012

Before having to make an expensive decision on the contract option for starting pitcher Ervin Santana, the Los Angeles Angels have reportedly dealt him to the Kansas City Royals


Update: Wednesday, October 31 at 5:35 p.m. ET

This MLB is tweeting it, so the trade is all but official. 

OFFICIAL: @royals acquire RHP Ervin Santana and cash from @angels in exchange for Minor League LHP Brandon Sisk.

— MLB (@MLB) October 31, 2012

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:

Source: #Royals acquire Ervin Santana from #Angels. Return not yet known.

— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 31, 2012


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.