|The Angels had stated publicly that they did not intend to bring back righthander Ervin Santana for the $13 million that his contract option promised him in 2014. So rather than lose him for nothing, they traded him to the pitching-starved Royals for Triple-A lefty reliever Brandon Sisk.
The Angels exercised the $13 million option before trading Santana, but they also kicked in $1 million to the Royals, which equals amount of Santana's buyout.
|Brandon Sisk, lhp
Age: 26. Born: Jul 13, 1985 in Palestine, Texas.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 220.
Bats: L. Throws: L.
School: Azusa Pacific (Calif.).
Career Transactions: Signed by independent Bay Area (Continental), 2007 ... Signed by Royals, July 8, 2008.
The Continental League was a short-lived independent league based in Texas. While the league didn't draw many fans, it did give Sisk a shot, as he was the first pick in the league's first acquisition draft. After a rough first season with Bay Area, Sisk lost 25 pounds, saw his fastball improve and was able to impress the Royals enough to get a shot in affiliated ball. Since then, he's shown some potential as a lefty reliever. His max-effort delivery doesn't produce much velocity—88-90 mph on most nights—but he does have a good slider and a decent changeup. Sisk is Rule 5 eligible and likely would not have been protected by the Royals. He has a chance to be a big league lefty specialist.
|Ervin Santana, rhp
Age: 29. Throws: R. Remaining Commitment: 1 year, $13 million (Angels send $1 million).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.
After one of the worst seasons of his eight-year big league career, Santana could use a change of scenery. His biggest problem this season was his inability to keep the ball in the park. His 39 home runs allowed were the most of any American League pitcher and were 12 more than Santana had ever given up in a season. In agreeing to pay him $12 million for 2013, the Royals are hoping that his 2012 is an aberration, and there are some signs of hope. His velocity was down a tick last season, but he still sat at 91-92 mph consistently. Over the second half of the season he was significantly better than he was in the first. In getting Santana on a one-year contract, the Royals retain flexibility for their 2014 rotation, and if he has a bounce-back year, they can offer him a qualifying offer to either bring him back for 2014 or to get a supplemental pick as compensation.