The Ervin Santana free agency saga is finally over, and the Kansas City Royals were not involved. Santana signed 1-year, $14.1 million deal with the Atlanta Braves, according to several sources.
— Chris Cotillo (@ChrisCotillo) March 12, 2014
— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) March 12, 2014
ervin santana gets $14.1M
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) March 12, 2014
So basically, Ervin Santana settled for what the Royals offered him in the first place. Good for him.
In exchange, the Royals get the Braves first round draft pick, which is the 28th pick, for now. When Kendrys Morales signs, that pick will fall to the 29th pick (unless Morales re-signs with Seattle).
According to David Lesky of Pine Tar Press, the Royals now have 4 draft picks in the first 60 selections.
As of right now, the #Royals have picks 17, 28, 39 and 56 in the first two rounds. If Morales signs with anyone but SEA, last 3 move back 1.
— David Lesky (@DBLesky) March 12, 2014
The Braves swooped in because of injuries to their staff in spring training. It looks like Kris Medlen might be down for the year, and there are questions about the health of some of the other Braves’ starters.
Fans, including myself, have pleaded with the Royals to be more aggressive, and spend a little more money in trying to re-acquire Santana. If the Royals truly want to be considered contenders, they should have been able to top 1-year, $14.1 million. As usual, the Royals front office and ownership fall just short of going all in.
In all honesty though, the chances of Santana matching one of the best years of his career, if not the best, are not promising. Ervin Santana was absolutely terrific for the Royals in 2013, and I am now a fan. He did everything Kansas City needed him to do. As fans, we can’t ask for more than that from a player.
It would have been nice to have Santana’s 200 innings back for another year, if he could duplicate 2013. There are no guarantees that would happen.
The Royals and their fans can move on. Well, their fans can. The Royals moved on months ago.