Right-hander Ervin Santana, who entered free agency after a bounce-back year with the Royals, is seeking a five-year deal for $100 million, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
By BOB DUTTON
The Kansas City Star
An asking price is just that an asking price but, if true, the Royals are likely to escalate their efforts to find a replacement rather than work to retain Santana, who was 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts.
Santana, who turns 31 in December, made $13 million last season in completing a five-year deal for $43 million signed with the Los Angeles Angels prior to the 2009 season.
The Royals recently tendered a qualifying offer to Santana, which means they will receive a draft pick between the first and second rounds of next Junes new-player draft if he signs elsewhere.
Qualifying offers this off-season are one-year deals for approximately $14.1 million. Santana has until 4 p.m. Monday to accept or reject the offer; there was never any expectation that he would accept it.
Any team that signs Santana, other than the Royals, will forfeit a draft pick. Teams that have one of the first 11 picks will lose their second-round choice; all others would surrender their first-round selection.
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