The Royals acquired the 29-year-old and cash for left-handed AAA reliever Brandon Sisk. The move appears to be a very good one for the Royals since they were able to get Santana for a pitcher who was not likely to be on their 25-man roster this year. While Santana struggled some this season, he has been a very good pitcher in the past, with a no-hitter to his name and an All-Star selection in 2008.
Santana posted a 5.16 ERA this season, the second-highest in his eight year major league career. The previous two seasons Santana’s ERA was under four. The Dominican should be able to help eat up innings for the Royals as he has gone over 200 innings four times in his career and he has made at least 23 starts in every season he has spent in the majors.
This could have ended up being a questionable trade had the Royals given up one of their premier players but they managed to get Santana without having to give up a major piece and they received cash in addition.
The Royals pitching staff still has a long way to go in order for this team to become contenders but this trade was a great start to the offseason and Dayton Moore should be commended for pulling the trigger on this move.