Sep 14, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Dayton Moore Needs To Bring Back Ervin Santana - For The Fans

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Mr. Moore. Please bring back Ervin Santana. Please.

 I’m 32 years old. As a Royals fan that means I’ve watched my favorite baseball team go from being an annually dominant throughout my childhood to being an annual disappointment in my adult life.

It wasn’t right away, mind you. It was a slow and agonizing process. Like watching a car wreck in slow motion, Royals fans were helpless (and hapless) spectators.

Until now.

 This last year Dayton Moore finally did something shocking and once thought a pipe dream: he put together a winning team. Not an anomalous winner like in ‘03- a team that had no business being in the playoff hunt.

No, a solid, legitimate contender, balanced with homegrown talent and top-tier players acquired through trade.

It was almost too good to be true. I think most Royals fans were simply waiting for the wheels to fall off and normalcy to return. But there they were, only a few games out of a playoff spot in September.

This is remarkable not only because it was a pretty impressive turnaround, but because the team was finally doing the things that winning ball clubs do. They held on to talent that came up through the farm system instead of renting them until we couldn’t afford it (Wil Meyers aside). They went out and grabbed top flight pitching, stacking not only the rotation, but a historically effective bullpen as well.

Dayton Moore finally did those things that real GM’s do on good baseball teams. For the first time since the mid 1980’s Royals fans’ internal dialogue went from “that’ll never happen” to “I bet they’ll do it”.

THAT is the biggest achievement of the last season. The Royals have changed the culture of the team to a winning one.

But positive vibes and good will in sports are fleeting. Remember the Golden State Warriors under Don Nelson a few years back? If the Royals General Manager wants to establish a long standing turnaround in confidence by the fan base then he needs to make a gesture that no one thinks he can muster.

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54)Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

I believe he was close to doing so by attempting to bring back Carlos Beltran, but as has been detailed on this website plenty before, that move may have hurt the team in the long run.

The one move left for Mr. Moore to make is to bring back Ervin Santana. Though it seems that last year’s number two starter is in talks to sign with the Baltimore Orioles, nothing is set in stone as of yet.

 Royals fans are convinced he wanted too much money (he did), and if there’s one thing the uber-wealthy ownership reviles its spending money on the team. But quite frankly, he’s worth the risk.

His upside is the performance he had last year, helping the Royals drive the team ERA to one of the lowest in baseball. His possible downside is reverting back to the home run machine he was in his last year with the Angels. Even then, Kauffman Stadium isn’t a home run friendly park, and does that make him less valuable than Jason Vargas?

Sure, it’s a gamble. Yes, the team must push payroll past its limit. But if it means forging a new generation of die-hard Royals fans, isn’t it worth the risk?

Bring back Ervin Santana. Defy expectations and prove to Kansas City that the Royals really are winners.


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9 Comments on Dayton Moore Needs To Bring Back Ervin Santana – For The Fans

  1. Redblack564 says:

    I totally agree. Sign him to another 1 year deal worth 14 mil. I think Glass will actually make that back in ticket sales and parking seeing the WINNING Royals play

    • Tyler_KC_Fan says:

      It’s not a matter of the team pushing the budget to get Santana, they literally have stretched the budget as far as they can at $98M. If we get Santana back Glass would be writing the check. Would you give a player $14M of your own money for one year and then watch him leave again next year?

  2. Brian Martasin says:

    The big shot is probably wishing he took the 14.2 M offer from KC right about now

  3. The Plaindealer says:

    I don’t understand. You want Moore to bring Santana back because it feels good, even at a hefty price and risk?

  4. Chad Woelk says:

    Dayton should come out publicly state, we want to have the financial flexibility to re-sign our young core of players as well as James Shields so we just can’t go long term with Santana. However if he was willing to accept a one or two year deal we would love to have him back. By not doing this, fans think ownership is penny pinching like they always do and not listening to what the fans what so badly.

  5. Michael Lizalde says:

    One thing I will say, we didn’t have to wait long for them to piss down their leg. Forgot about may? We win 6 more games in may, we are in the playoffs. The market has been set for Santana. We made him an offer so its not like the royals are not trying to bring him back. It’s in his court and obviously he is not getting better offers.

    • Chad Woelk says:

      If you know about these websites you def are a die hard Royals fan :) Don’t ya just love Royals baseball and being pissed off about something every year. Can’t help who you love now though!!!

  6. Tyler_KC_Fan says:

    As much as I would love to bring him back we have a couple issues preventing that. One being, we are already at $98M on the year. Glass would be the one footing the bill to bring Santana back and telling someone to give up $14.1M of their own money…that might be a hard argument to make. The second issue with bring Santana back is we don’t have room for him. We are already running into the issue of having to many OF and maybe not having a spot for an in field utility player for short and second.

    The only way we bring back Santana is if we trade someone or DFA someone. Trading or DFA’ing a position player wont help anything because we have a full bullpen and a full rotation. Crow, Collins, Herrera, Colemen, Hoch, Davis and Holland are you players fighting for a bullpen spot and then you have Shields, Vargas, Guthrie, Chen and Duffy/Ventura/Hoch/Davis for the 5th spot (I ultimately believe Duffy will get the spot with Ventura coming up later in the year). If we trade anyone it would have to be a pitcher. Someone like Davis or Hoch would be the canidates for that, in my opinion. But after signing Chen, we all but closed the book on Santana being with the Royals.

    I’ve accepted the fact that Santana wont be with the Royals and if we believe Santana would come back with a 1/$14.1M contract after Jimenez got a 4/$50 contact we are just holding on to an idea that won’t happen.

  7. unclejesse40 says:

    I wonder if the Royals could convince Santana to come back on a lesser one year deal with the agreement that no QO would be extended him, something in the 8 million for one year range. If Santana could show two years of above average pitching he could get a big payday but he would need to give us a discount because we are losing the comp pick.

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