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Royals listening to offers for Ervin Santana

Jul 24, 2013, 9:19 PM EST

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It sounds like the Royals are going to be sellers — to some degree — at this year’s July 31 trade deadline.

According to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Kansas City front office is now “willing to listen” to offers on right-hander Ervin Santana, who has been among the best starters in the American League this season. Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star confirms that report but notes that the “price will be steep.”

Santana, 30, has registered a 3.18 ERA and 1.07 WHIP across 19 starts this summer for the 46-51 Royals, striking out 104 batters and issuing only 28 walks in 130 1/3 innings. He’s likely to draw interest from a wide range of contending teams. James Shields would draw even more trade interest, but there’s been no indication that he is being shopped.

Santana is earning $13 million this season. He will be eligible for free agency in November.

  1. 13arod - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    Problely tradin him for a bat and if they trade him luke gas been doing good in te bullpen so i think they will put luke in rotation if ge gets traded

  2. royalintx - Jul 24, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Will likely trade for a bat, but I can assure you there is NO WAY Luke is back in rotation. He is about option #14 for rejoining the rotation.

  3. jputignano - Jul 25, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    In Garza’s debut; Rangers top the Yankees 3-1 http://wp.me/p2mgR4-2d

  4. blingslade - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:06 AM

    Santana won’t sign with KC in Nov so they might as well get something for him.

  5. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    I’m sure they’ll get a ton of offers……

  6. kcrobert10 - Jul 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Well if u can’t get a new deal for him this is a smart move. I’d call Boston see if they would take him and Luke hochavear for Jackie Bradley Jr, Henry Owens, and Allen Webster.

    • denverwally - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:04 AM

      kcrobert10 – Jul 25, 2013 at 9:07 AM
      Well if u can’t get a new deal for him this is a smart move. I’d call Boston see if they would take him and Luke hochavear for Jackie Bradley Jr, Henry Owens, and Allen Webster.

      ———————————
      Yea, and have them throw in Xander Bogarts and Rubby De La Rosa while you are at it. Get real, Boston is not going to fork over more than one high level prospect for a 2 month rental, those days are over. They just got out of jail free by taking LA to the cleaners in that deal last year, moving a quarter billion dollars in salary for Webster, De La Rosa, and a bucket of used balls. Don’t think they are going to dig that hole again. They’ll give some cash to Pedroia because he has earned it and deserves it.
      You may have to settle for a deal like Santana for Webster and a low level prospect that will never see the majors, at least not in Bostons system.

      • kcrobert10 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        The rangers just gave up 3 good prospects for Garza so no I don’t think I’m crazy to ask for 3 good prospects for a better pitcher and reliever.

    • source7769 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:28 PM

      whats wrong with you im a royals fan but get real they arent parting with those guys for a closer which is a higher priority and nobody wants hochevar not even kc

  7. kyleb313 - Jul 25, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Ok Nationals.. if u wanted to get Haren off the mound heres ur chance! MAKE A MOVE

  8. andreareeves2013 - Jul 25, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Seriously, why would we be thinking of trading off Santana?? For the first time in 25 years you have a decent pitching rotation that’s helping us win ball games and getting the fans back out to the stadium. Let George do his job like he is making what sticks we have in the line-up work. By far, the best team we’ve had in years with an opportunity for a wild card this season. Getting rid of Santana is a bad business decision for the Royals…

    • rmcd13 - Jul 25, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      The Royals are a bad team with no shot at making the playoffs. They have a losing record, have been outscored by 14 runs, and are eight games behind the division leader and second wild card spot. Their season is over and they need to rebuild for the future.

    • brianforster - Jul 25, 2013 at 3:49 PM

      you have to believe they would only decide to trade him because his contract is up this year. they are anticipating losing him to free agency one way or another, so why not try to get something in return for him now?

      it’s not always black and white unfortunately.

  9. kcrobert10 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Its a starting pitcher who is pitching very well this yr and Luke. Also just cause he has a bad rap here in kc doesn’t mean teams wouldn’t want a reliever who has pitched well this yr.

    • kcrobert10 - Jul 25, 2013 at 2:37 PM

      If Boston doesn’t want to pay the price there are plenty of teams who will. Like I posted before Garza got the cubs 3 good prospects from Texas we should get just of good of deal to.

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