Dayton Moore/Ervin Santana teleconference notes
General Manager Dayton Moore and KC’s baseball operations staff has a clear goal this offseason: upgrading the starting rotation. Moore believes that the Royals did just that today by acquiring veteran righty Ervin Santana from the Los Angeles Angels. Moore sees a high-inning pitcher that was consistent down the stretch in 2012.
Santana is excited to join the Royals – noting the good young talent on offense and defense. He said that he had some bad luck in 2012, though no physical problems. He is excited to play at Kauffman Stadium, saying that it is one of his favorite stadiums. When asked about the possibility of being KC’s number one starter, Santana was confident. If given the chance, he feels that he can fill the role. Santana has spent his entire career with the Angels since debuting in 2005. He will miss his long-time friends with the Angels but is looking forward to meeting all of his new teammates in KC.