Ervin Santana: Shipped To Royals

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Update: Santana was traded to the Royals on Wednesday for a minor league prospect, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.

Recommendation: The Angels were said to be aggressively shopping Santana with limited desire of exercising his $13 million option, and found a suitor in the Royals. The pitching-hungry Royals seemed more inclined to pick up Santana's option, as he figures to be an integral part of their rotation in 2013 despite a 2012 season marred by inconsistency. Santana finished with a 5.16 ERA and 6.7 K/9, with his average fastball declining to 91.7 miles per hour, but did seem to turn things around in August and September. Nonetheless, it's hard to predict how Santana will pitch game-to-game, making him difficult to trust as a fantasy option at times. Even so, he figures to open the season as the Royals' No. 1 starter, underscoring the sad state of the team's rotation.

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