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.