MLB Trade Rumors: Ervin Santana Still on Kansas City Royals Radar

Apr 14, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals general manager Dayton Moore during batting practice before a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

We finally have word from Kauffman Stadium as to where the Royals are with Ervin Santana.

Dayton Moore tells Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star the Royals are still involved with Santana though the level of their involvement is still yet to be determined.

“We’re continuing the monitor his situation, and the level of our involvement has yet to be determined,” Moore said on Tuesday. “He was a terrific pitcher for us last year. I’m confident Erv will get a very good deal.”

To pair with Moore talking to The Star, Rex Hudler was on the Pine Tar Podcast last night with Clint Scoles and David Lesky, where he revealed the Royals have already offered Santana a two-year contract. When this offer was made or if the offer is still on the table is unclear. He also did not say how much money was offered. You can listen to the podcast here.

Years may be more important to the Royals than how much money they have to give up. Santana will be 31 by the start of the season, and probably won’t be worth what he is making the time he hits year four or five of a contract. Additionally, the Royals will have three new pitchers to add to the rotation in Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura, and Kyle Zimmer over the next two seasons. 2013 first round draft pick Sean Manaea may also be on the fast track to the big leagues.

Making room for the young starting pitching and not committing too much money beyond 2016 may be key for the Royals. Put it this way, would you rather have a 34-year-old Santana in 2017 and no Eric Hosmer or no Santana with money available to try to extend or re-sign Hosmer? This may be the Royals perspective, and, frankly, it is the right perspective to have regarding Santana.

Topics: Dayton Moore, Ervin Santana, Kansas City Royals

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  • Royals_Fan

    If you read the article on Fox Sports KC, Santana’s agent said the Royals haven’t even talked to him since Winter Meetings after offering him a 2-year deal. He’s going to be another Kyle Lohse and sign during or towards the end of Spring Training and me personally, I have given up on that dream that he’s coming back. Id love to have him back but he doesn’t seem to want to come back. Time to move on to someone else, I.E. AJ Bernett. The dude succeeds in pitcher friendly ball parks, which we have. Draw a lot of ground balls, which we have a stud infield. He only wants a 1-year deal. Give the man $15-$17M and you’ve got your #2 man for this year. You prove you can win this year, Shields might stay for cheaper and Ventura will for sure be ready to take Bernett’s spot next year if he doesn’t come up at some point this year. Sounds like a solid plan to me.

  • KCMOWHOA

    If we offered him a three year deal at the same rate, my feeling is that he’d probably sign. He’s not going to get what he wanted, and honestly his market value has bottomed out from early predictions. It’s possible a desperate team could overpay at the last minute or after the season starts, but I think he needs to take an offer soon or risk sitting out part of the season.

    • KCMOWHOA

      In my mind, Santana is preferable to Burnett. Either could easily have a down season, but we’re going to need a real #1 or #2 pitcher in the next couple years. It’s becoming increasingly obvious that Shields most likely will not resign here, or more accurately that we won’t be able to afford him. It’s a fools errand to think that Duffy, Ventura, Zimmer and even Manaea will develop as expected. This organization (and specifically during Moore’s reign) has a terrible track record with drafting and developing pitchers. I think we’d be lucky to get two competent starters out of that group once everything is said and done. That means there will be some real holes in the rotation in a year or two. Having a decent Santana over that time would help a lot.

      • Royals_Fan

        I think Ventura will be just fine as a SP. He came in last year and had the first time jitters but was proving he is extremely close to being ready. Zimmer won’t be ready this year by any means, but may be ready next year. After solving his pitch problem he was untouchable in High-A ball. He continues that he will be more then ready next year.

        I want the Royals to look into Samardjiza at the All-Star break. I agree, I don’t think Shields is coming back next year. The only way I see him coming back is if we make the Playoffs and actually do something and not be one and done. Maybe that will make him want to stay and continue what we have going. The only player that will be up for a contract is Butler, otherwise everyone else is coming back after this year. Maybe trade Butler at the All-Star Break for another SP or something.

        Put anyone in the #5 spot, other than Hoch or Davis, and we stand a good chance of making the playoffs and being a threat in the AL.

        • KCMOWHOA

          Well, we’re all but done with Santana. Would’ve preferred him over Vargas, but it doesn’t matter now. I’m super confused by the payroll talk and why we’re getting rid of Bonafacio after settling arbitration with him