Saturday was not a good day for Royals fans.
First, the Minnesota Twins introduced pitcher Ervin Santana, who signed a four-year contract.
Then shortly before midnight came the news that left fielder Melky Cabrera had agreed to a deal with the Chicago White Sox.
Although the team didn’t make an announcement, White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton seemed to confirm the deal when he tweeted:
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ESPN reported that Cabrera agreed to a three-year contract worth $42 million. He is expected to undergo a physical exam in the next few days.
The Royals entered the winter in need of a designated hitter, right fielder and a starting pitcher. Santana was believed to be a player the Royals were interested in, as well as Cabrera.
Last season with Toronto, Cabrera hit .301 with 16 homers and an .808 on-base plus slugging percentage.
With Cabrera off the board, the Royals’ search will continue and it keeps the door open to a return for Nori Aoki.