The Los Angeles Angels traded pitcher Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals for minor-leaguer Brandon Sisk rather than pay $13 million to keep the right- hander on the roster next season.
Santana had a 9-13 record with a 5.16 earned run average for the Angels last season, while allowing 39 home runs, the most in Major League Baseball.
The Angels, who are seeking to re-sign pitcher Zack Greinke and face a $15.5 million option on Dan Haren, also sent $1 million to the Royals to cover the cost of Santana’s contract buyout, MLB.com said.
“We were able to bring back a piece in Brandon Sisk to add to our stable of pitching arms and create depth that before today we didn’t have,” Angels General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, according to MLB.com. “This is an opportunity for both teams to cash in on something that they didn’t have.”
Santana, who threw a no-hitter for the Angels in 2011, joins a starting staff that ranked 26th out of 30 MLB teams last season with a 5.01 ERA.
The 29-year-old Santana had a 96-80 record with a 4.33 ERA over eight seasons with the Angels.
Sisk, 27, played for the Royals’ Triple-A affiliate in Omaha, Nebraska, last season, going 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA and eight saves in 50 appearances.
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