Kansas City acquired right-handed starting pitcher Ervin Santana and cash from the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Brandon Sisk, who spent most of 2011 and all of 2012 with the Omaha Storm Chasers.
“We’ve stated all along that starting pitching was a priority this offseason, and acquiring someone with the résumé of Ervin Santana immediately upgrades our rotation,” Royals General Manager Dayton Moore said in a press release.
The 29-year-old Santana, an AL All-Star in 2008, is 96-80 with a 4.33 ERA in 236 career major league appearances (233 starts). He was 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA in 30 starts in 2012, but in his final 10 starts he had a 3.63 ERA while allowing 45 hits and striking out 55 in 62 innings. He had a one-hit shutout of Arizona on June 16, joining Nolan Ryan as the only Angels pitchers to have a no-hitter and a one-hitter.
Sisk, 27, signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent in 2008. He went 3-2 with eight saves and compiled a 2.54 ERA in 50 outings with Omaha in 2012, and over two seasons with the Storm Chasers was 7-4 with a 2.17 ERA and 10 saves while striking out 103 in 99-1/3 innings.
Also, the Royals declined their 2013 option on closer Joakim Soria after he missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, making the former All-Star a free agent.
The Royals chose to exercise a $750,000 buyout clause on the right-hander rather than the $8 million option for next season. Even though Soria is a free agent, both sides have expressed interest in working out a new contract.