Santana faces 4 p.m. deadline Monday for qualifying offer

Royals right-hander Ervin Santana has until 4 p.m. Monday to notify the Royals of his decision to accept or decline their one-year qualifying offer for approximately $14.1 million.

Santana is seeking a multi-year deal as a free agent and is expected to decline the offer. Doing so does not prevent him from continuing to negotiate a contract with the Royals.

A report contends Santana, who turns 31 next month, is seeking a five-year deal for $100 million after going 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts after joining the Royals in an off-season trade with the Angels.

That asking price would likely need to drop significantly to put Santana within the Royals’ financial capability.

Clubs must make qualifying offers, which are one-year deals for the average of the game’s top 125 salaries, in order to receive a draft pick as compensation if the player signs elsewhere.

The qualifying-offer requirement for compensation began last year. Nine players got offers, and all rejected them.

If the player signs elsewhere, his former club gets a pick in a supplemental round between the first and second rounds next June in the new-player draft.

Clubs that sign a player who received a qualifying offer forfeit a high draft pick. If that club has one of the first 11 picks in the draft, they lose their second-round pick. All other clubs lose their first-round pick.

If clubs sign more than one such player, they forfeit picks in subsequent rounds.

Santana was one of 13 players who received a qualifying offer prior to last Monday’s deadline. Just two other free-agent pitchers did so: Ubaldo Jimenez from the Indians, and Hiroki Kuroda from the Yankees.

Others who got offers:

Outfielder Carlos Beltran (Cardinals), second baseman Robinson Cano (Yankees), outfielder Shin-Soo Choo (Reds), outfielder Nelson Cruz (Rangers), shortstop Stephen Drew (Red Sox), outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury (Red Sox), outfielder Curtis Granderson (Yankees), catcher Brian McCann (Braves), first baseman Kendrys Morales (Mariners) and catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli (Red Sox).

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