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Royals skipper Ned Yost met with the media before today’s game against the Nationals. One of the topics was today’s starters, Ervin Santana and Dan Haren, who played together for the Angels last season. Yost was asked why the Royals wanted to acquire Santana from the Angels. “We always liked his stuff. We knew that he had a tremendous slider and was a tremendous competitor. We felt he had more productive years ahead of him. Of course he has come in and proved that to be true.” The manager went on to say, “I expected him to be really good (this year). When we made this deal the Angels pitching coach, Mike Butcher, told me ‘Look, you guys are going to get a heck of a pitcher’.”
So far this season Santana has proved that to be true by posting a 3.13 ERA and having 19 quality starts in 25 outings.
The manager was then asked if he had ever been around another pitcher he could compare Ervin’s demeanor to. “Yeah, Tom Glavine. Tommy was totally unflappable and so is Ervin. Smoltzy was more like James Shields, in that he pitched with a lot of fire and competitiveness but Ervin is a lot like Tommy in the fact he is steady as-you-go. He never changes his expression. He never gets amped up in situations. He is just a very solid and steady competitor. It is amazing to watch his composure and demeanor on the mound,” said Yost.
Thursday was Photo Day in Surprise. After hitting all of the photo stations on a cool morning (by Surprise standards), it was time for the day’s workout. Let’s take a look:
Yes, that’s a towel. New Royals righty Wade Davis took part in a practice drill under the watchful eye of pitching coach Dave Eiland.
Newly acquired Royals starter Ervin Santana met with the media on Monday afternoon. He feels great and can’t wait until spring training. The righty is looking forward to playing with the young and talented Royals team.
Santana was born Johan Ramon Santana. Today, he explained his name change. He saw one of his early baseball cards while in the minor leagues and it read “from Venezuela”. The Royals pitcher is from the Dominican Republic, not Venezuela, home to Mets pitcher Johan Santana. Thus, the younger hurler changed his name to Ervin…and avoided confusion in the process!
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.
Royals acquire pitcher Ervin Santana and cash from Los Angeles Angels for minor league pitcher Brandon Sisk
The Kansas City Royals announced today that the club has acquired right-handed starting pitcher Ervin Santana and cash from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Brandon Sisk.
“We’ve stated all along that starting pitching was a priority this off-season and acquiring someone with the resume of Ervin Santana immediately upgrades our rotation,” said Royals GM Dayton Moore. “At just 29 years old, he has 96 major league wins, is a proven innings eater and most importantly, he competes. Ervin has been an All-Star, has pitched in the post-season and has at least 16 wins in three different years, all of which adds a winning mindset to our clubhouse.”
The 29-year-old Santana, an American League All-Star in 2008, is 96-80 with a 4.33 ERA in 236 career Major League appearances (233 starts), all coming with the Angels since his debut in 2005. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound right-hander was 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA in 30 starts in 2012, finishing the season with a 3.63 ERA in his final 10 starts, allowing 45 hits over 62.0 innings with 55 strikeouts against 16 walks. He authored a one-hit shutout of the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 16 in Anaheim, joining Nolan Ryan and the only two Angels pitchers to have a no-hitter and a one-hitter.
Santana has topped the 200-innings mark in three of the last five seasons, including combining for 629.1 innings since 2010. He has allowed fewer hits (1,444) than innings pitched (1,475.2) over his career and posted a combined opponent batting average of .240 over the last two seasons. Santana has a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 2.46 and has never posted a season below 2.00 in his career. He tossed a no-hitter on July 27, 2011 at Cleveland, allowing an unearned run in a 3-1 victory and recorded 11 double-digit strikeout games in his career to this point.
Sisk, 27, signed with the Royals as a minor league free agent on July 8, 2008. The left-handed reliever went 3-2 with eight saves and compiled a 2.54 ERA in 50 outings with Omaha (AAA) in 2012.