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.
Just heard from Hudler that the #Royals have offered Ervin Santana a 2 year deal.
— David Lesky (@DBLesky) January 29, 2014
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.