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Discuss! Thoughts on the Ervin Santana trade?

What are your thoughts on the trade that sent Ervin Santana to the Royals?

Jason Miller

The Kansas City Royals made the first big splash of the offseason yesterday when the acquired right-hander Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for left-hander Brandon Sisk.

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.

What are your thoughts on the trade?