Aug 30, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) delivers a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Blue Jays beat the Royals 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Royals: Ervin Santana Given Qualifying Offer

Step on in the process in trying to retain the services of Ervin Santana has been completed, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.

Santana was tendered a qualifying offer worth $14.1 million for one season by the Royals two minutes before Monday’s deadline. This means that should Santana decide to sign elsewhere the Royals would receive a first round pick in the 2014 draft. For Santana’s part, he can accept the offer, reject it and sign a long-term deal with the Royals, or reject the offer and sign elsewhere.

The hope, for those who would like to retain the services of Santana, is that the risk of losing a first round pick – which is what the team who does not have a protected first round pick will have to give up – will reduce Santana’s value on the market and give the Royals a better chance to resign him. This was the case for Kyle Lohse last season.

It would appear Dayton Moore’s plan is to do his best to maintain the quality of the rotation above all else.

“We’re going to do the best we can,” Moore said recently, “to put as many quality guys as we can in that rotation. We feel like we’ve got a lot of really good internal options.

“We’re really proud of what Ervin did for us, and we’re going to be excited to see if we can get him under contract. But we’ve got to prepare for all different scenarios. That’s what Erv is doing as well.”

Qualifying offers were not tendered to Bruce Chen, Miguel Tejada, and Carlos Pena. This comes as no surprise as all three could be retained for less than $14.1 million if the Royals wanted to re-sign them.

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