Angels send Santana to Royals in trade

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    ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Los Angeles Angels traded right-hander Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for minor league left-hander Brandon Sisk.

    The Angels exercised Santana’s $13 million option for next season before trading the Dominican veteran and cash to the Royals.

    “We’re proud to have him, and he certainly fits with what we’re doing in 2013,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said.

    Santana has been a fixture in Los Angeles’ rotation since 2005, going 96-80 with a 4.33 ERA while starting at least 23 games in eight consecutive seasons. He has spent his entire career with the Angels, who signed him as a free agent in 2000 and nurtured his development into a solid starter of 96 games over the past three years.

    But Santana struggled for much of last season, going 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA while giving up a major league-worst 39 homers.

    Sisk spent last season with Triple-A Omaha, going 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA and eight saves.


    San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer wants to add more World Series championships to the two his franchise has captured the past three seasons.

    Why not build a baseball dynasty in the Bay Area?

    Baer said Wednesday the front office is already hard at work on plans for the 2013 roster — and he is optimistic many familiar faces will stick around, including second baseman and National League Championship Series MVP Marco Scutaro.

    “Nobody thinks we should be done,” Baer said. “I think we want to get lots of people back, and he’s one of them. … My favorite sign was ‘San Francisco, Happiest Place on Earth.’ That’s how we all feel about this. That’s what the goal is.”

    San Francisco completed a four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers on Sunday night at Comerica Park. The Giants and the city celebrated with an orange-and-black parade through downtown San Francicso on Wednesday.


    New Indians manager Terry Francona is keeping Sandy Alomar as his bench coach.

    Francona was chosen over Alomar to replace Manny Acta as Cleveland’s manager.

    Alomar spent last season as the Indians bench coach before being named interim manager for the final six games after Acta was fired.

    Next season will be Alomar’s fourth on Cleveland’s staff.

    Francona also hired former Houston manager Brad Mills as his third base coach.


    The Orioles exercised a $1 million option on right-hander Luis Ayala and declined an $11 million option on first baseman Mark Reynolds. … The Blue Jays exercised their $3 million option on left-hander Darren Oliver and have signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. … Former Seattle reliever Rafael Soriano opted out of the final year of his three-year, $35 million contract with the Yankees and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency. … The Royals declined their 2013 option on Joakim Soria after he missed all of 2012 because of Tommy John surgery, making the former All-Star closer a free agent. … Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick has become a free agent after declining his $5 million contract option for next season. … The Pirates exercised a $700,000 option on third baseman Pedro Alvarez and declined a $3.5 million option on catcher Rod Barajas. … The New York Mets picked up the contract options for third baseman David Wright and former Mariners pitcher R.A. Dickey. … The Rays exercised options on pitcher James Shields ($9.5 million), closer Fernando Rodney ($2.5 million) and catcher Jose Molina ($1.5 million). … A person familiar with the Marlins’ managerial search said former Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon became at least the fourth candidate to interview for the job.

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