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Royals will make qualifying offer to Ervin Santana

Nov 1, 2013, 11:31 AM EST

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No surprise, but general manager Dayton Moore confirmed to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that the Royals will make a qualifying offer to free agent Ervin Santana.

Santana will reject the offer because it’s essentially a one-year, $14 million deal and he can surely get plenty of multi-year deals on the open market, but this way the Royals will be in line for draft pick compensation if he ends up signing elsewhere.

Santana improved his stock more than any other impending free agent this season, going from quasi-salary dump by the Angels to throwing 211 innings with a 3.24 ERA. And both Santana and the Royals seem open to working out a new deal, although that might change once the bidding starts.

  1. sportsdrenched - Nov 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    I hope if Dayton is going through the motions it’s becuase he’s actually been told by Ervin or his people that there’s no way he’s signing there.

    I’m not all that sure that paying a multi-year deal on Ervin would a smart move for the Royals anyway.

    • jarathen - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

      The problem is that you can’t count on him to duplicate the effort. Santana led baseball in homers allowed in an offense-depressing environment in 2012. So which one is real? Neither, really.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Nov 1, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    That screen cap is begging for a caption: “Nooooo! You’re deflating my market KC!”

  3. blingslade - Nov 1, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Hopefully the Royals won’t fall into the same trap they fell into when Frenchy had a career year during his contract year. This is a common ploy among players whether it be Frenchy, Melky, Josh Hamilton, Pujols, etc.

    God, chemicals are great.

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