It wouldn’t be difficult to find proof that I am a fan of starting pitcher Ervin Santana. I think he will be one of the more solid starters on the free agent market all offseason meaning he will get a lot of attention and a ton of money when he signs. That signing isn’t going to be with the Kansas City Royals though. They might as well go on beginning to spend the qualifying offer money in other places.
In case you don’t know, the qualifying offer is one year at $14.1M. How ridiculous right? I mean who would want to play baseball for a summer and only get that amount of money for it? Wow, where has baseball gone. Anyway, that is a point for another article. The point here is that Santana is a very good starting pitcher option for the Royals but he is not worth what they would have to pay for him.
Having said that I’m sure he will prove worth the amount of money he gets to someone but the Royals can spend that 17 million bucks in many more important places than just on one starter. Omar Infante and Marlon Byrd are on their radar and they could certainly use that sum to chase after those two players. The list is endless but point being that they do need Santana but not badly enough to spend his asking price to keep him.