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.
ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.
After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.
As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.
The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.
Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.
Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.