Jon Heyman says that the Royals will “take a look” at free agent Ervin Santana.
Santana pitched for the Royals in 2013, of course, and had a fantastic year for them. By virtue of their qualifying offer to him last winter, Santana had a hard time finding work and had to settle for a one-year deal from Atlanta. The level to which ballplayers take such matters personally or as a mere matter of business will determine if Santana looks back, of course. As will whether Santana garners much interest at large, seeing as though it’s hard to feature the Royals spending too tremendously much on a starter like him.
Santana should be able to help someone, of course. He finished the season with a 3.95 ERA and a 179/63 K/BB ratio in 196 innings. Which isn’t as good as 2013 was for him, but ain’t chopped liver.
David Price has opted out of the 2020 season. he’s the biggest star to do so to date. He said the that he will not play the 2020 season, citing health concerns because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Price joins Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross of the Washington Nationals, Ian Desmond of the Colorado Rockies, Mike Leake of the Arizona Diamondbacks, and free agent Tyson Ross on the list of players who have chosen not to take part in the season.
Price, who was traded from the Boston Red Sox to the Dodgers in a five-player deal in February, previously agreed to pay more than 200 Dodgers minor leaguers $1,000 each to make up for lost wages. He was poised to enter the fifth season of a seven-year, $217 million contract he signed with the Red Sox in December of 2015. Per the terms of the agreement between the MLBPA and MLB, Price will not be paid for the 2020 season.