September 7, 2012; Anaheim, CA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Ervin Santana (54) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Angel Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-US PRESSWIRE

Los Angeles Angels Trade Ervin Santana to Kansas City Royals

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The LA Angels have kicked off the offeseason with a bang, as they traded the 29-year-old Dominican pitcher to the Kansas City Royals for a minor leaguer.

Santana struggled in 2012, finishing the season with a 5.16 ERA and a 9-13 record, while his ERA+ of 73 was the lowest in his career. Despite turning it around in August and September, he couldn’t get over his horrific start to season, which parallels the Angels’ demise in 2012. Santana has a $13 million team option for 2013, which includes a buyout of $1 million.

He and the option are shipped to the Royals in exchange for Brandon Sisk, a left hander who has pitched for Omaha of the PCL for the last two seasons. Sisk has a 2.17 ERA lifetime in AAA, although he’s an aging prospect at 26-years-old. With Omaha, he had 73 punchouts in 67 innings, while posting his highest WHIP in his minor league career at 1.351.

It’s a big trade for Jerry DiPoto, but as we’ve seen in his year long stint with the Angels, it fits right into his mantra. Santana had begun to struggle and it was inevitable that he would be the first piece of the rotation to go, along with free-to-be Zack Greinke.

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