Fantasy Impact: The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim parted ways with Santana, sending him to Kansas City in exchange for a prospect.
What the Royals get: Some much-needed help for their pitching rotation, Santana is a player that can usually pitch nearly 200 innings each season. After both Felipe Paulino and Danny Duffy underwent Tommy John surgery and are not expected back for a while. Santana may seize the opportunity presented to be the ace on Kansas City and he only has to compete with pitchers like Bruce Chen, Luke Hochevar and Jeremy Guthrie for that role.
What the Angels get: Salary relief, this is simply a salary dump on their part to try and re-sign Zack Greinke before he hits the open market. Greinke is seeking a huge contract and the Angels do not think they can afford to lose him.
Left-hander Brandon Sisk also goes to LA in the deal, but he’s merely bullpen depth. Sisk spent all of 2012 at Triple-A Omaha, going 3-2, with a 2.54 ERA and eight saves.
Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto believes Sisk could surprise some people.
"He's always had the deceptive ability to miss bats," Dipoto said. "He's done it at every minor league level, and hasn't had the opportunity to showcase it in the big leagues. We don't know if that's going to happen. Worst-case scenario is we're building much-needed depth and building toward creating a little bigger fishnet (in the minors)."
Fantasy Players Impacted: More than anything, Santana will have much less pressure on him with the Royals. Many baseball enthusiasts expected the Angels to compete for a World Series title in 2012, but they simply could not live up to the hype. Santana goes to a team that is in a clear rebuild, with an opportunity to show his worth. Everyone knows he has the talent, evidenced by the no hitter he threw against the Cleveland Indians in 2011.
Young hurler Garrett Richards is likely to benefit, as he will be the favorite to take Santana’s spot in the rotation. Richards finished with a 4-3 record, sporting an ERA of 4.69 in time with the bullpen and as a starter in 2012.
Fantasy Players helped:
- Ervin Santana, SP, KC
- Garrett Richards, SP, LAA
- Brandon Sisk, RP, LAA
Fantasy Players hurt:
- Luis Mendoza, SP, KC
- Will Smith, SP, KC
- Jerome Williams, SP, LA
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