The Los Angeles Angels have made it a top priority to improve their pitching staff this offseason, and next on the agenda is to acquire another veteran starting pitcher.
The Halos could address this need by brining back a familiar face in Erving Santana, who had a bounce-back year last season as a member of the Kansas City Royals. He had a career-best 3.24 ERA with a 9-10 record and 161 strikeouts in 211.0 innings pitched.
Santana, who was traded by the Angels in October 2012 to the Royals in exchange for left-handed reliever Brandon Sisk, has been nothing short of inconsistent throughout his career. Prior to his solid 2013 regular season, he had a bumpy 2012 season with the Halos, posting a 5.16 ERA with a 9-13 record that including giving up a career-worst 39 home runs to opposing hitters.
But all that may be a thing of the past for the 31-year-old as he played a major part in solidifying the Royals’ pitching staff that last season. They had the seventh-best ERA at 3.45, and had their second winning regular season record since 1994.
Although the Halos acquired two young starting pitchers in Tyler Skaggs and Hector Santiago, there still remains the need to add one more pitcher to the starting rotation, and Santana could be a possible fit there. He has familiarity with organization, and it would not be out of the realm of possibility for the Angels to bring the eight-year veteran back to where his MLB career began.
Santana may not be a top-tier starting pitcher, but he could provide the Angels with some quality innings and help stabilize the starting rotation that was a bit of merry-go-around for the better part of last season.