The Angels didn’t want to pay Santana $13 million in 2013, but they also didn’t want to let him walk for nothing. Los Angeles realized there was a market for Santana, and though the return doesn’t appear to be spectacular the team did acquire a left-handed pitcher. Kansas City also won’t have to pay the $1 million it would have cost them to buy out Santana’s contract.
The Royals, meanwhile, acquire one of the "real" starting pitchers they said they would target this offseason. Santana had a rocky 2012, but Royals’ fans should take some solace looking past his 5.16 ERA to his less-awful 1.270 WHIP.
Santana is 29 years old and maintained an ERA of 3.65 over 66 starts during the 2010-11 seasons.
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