There have been rumors for over a week about the Kansas City Royals making starter Ervin Santana available for trade. Though in the financial point of view it might make sense, it makes no sense at all from any other perspective. The decision at this point in the year is always the same with GM’s that like to make MLB trade deadline deals. They have to choose to either sell or buy at the deadline because it has to be one or the other.
Personally I don’t think it has to be one or the other. Teams like the Cincinnati Reds are falling in the division but aren’t doing either. Why should the Royals have to choose? The answer is probably in the way their GM likes to do business. But, if he absolutely has to decide to either buy or sell, whatever that looks like to him should not include sending Ervin Santana to play somewhere else. Prospects are one thing but the Royals could still win this year. They are out of the division race but so far that they cannot climb back into it.
That is especially true when you consider the length of their current winning streak which is resting at six games. The players are excited to be at .500 this late in the year and heading in the right direction. A huge part of that success has been the superb pitching by their starting staff, which Santana is a great part of.
I realize he is a free agent sooner rather than later but he might want to stick with the team if he feels like they really could build a winner in K.C. That can happen even more probably if they keep Santana for the rest of the regular season. Even if they fall short this year but make a lot of noise, Santana and the rest of the starting staff would make a powerhouse rotation going into next year. They should not trade him now.