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Royals listening to offers for Ervin Santana

Jul 24, 2013, 9:19 PM EDT

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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.

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