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Angels Send Santana to Royals

Nov. 1, 2012

By From staff and wire reports


The Los Angeles Angels traded left-hander Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for minor league reliever Brandon Sisk. The Angels exercised Santana's $13 million option for next season before trading the Dominican veteran and cash to the Royals.

Santana has been a fixture in Los Angeles' rotation since 2005, going 96-80 with a 4.33 ERA while spending his entire career with the Angels, who signed him as a free agent in 2000. He struggled for much of last season, going 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA despite significant improvements over the final two months.

Santana threw a no-hitter in 2011 and a one-hitter last season.

Sisk spent 2012 with Class AAA Omaha, going 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA and eight saves. He's pitching in the Venezuelan winter league.

Soriano opts out: Reliever Rafael Soriano opted out of the final year of a three-year, $35 million contract with the New York Yankees and likely will seek a long-term deal in free agency.

The move was expected after the right-hander had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA while filling in for closer Mariano Rivera after baseball's saves leader tore a knee ligament in early May.

"I'm not surprised, because (agent) Scott Boras told me he was confident he could get him 15 times four (years), $60 million. If that's the case, it would be a good deal for Soriano," Yankees President Randy Levine said.

"I hope that's what's real in the marketplace."

Soriano was to make $14 million next season. Instead, the Yankees will pay him a $1.5 million buyout. They can make him a qualifying offer of $13.3 million before Friday's deadline, and if he signs with another team they'll get draft compensation.

Soriano, who will be 33 in December, signed his hefty contract before the 2011 season after notching a career-high 45 saves with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner overruled general manager Brian Cashman in making the deal.

A Giant parade: Hundreds of thousands of fans welcomed their World Series champion San Francisco Giants along a route that wound along Market Street.

When emotional Brian Sabean took the stage at the Civic Center, he sought to rebrand the city's position in the baseball hierarchy after two World Series titles in three years.

"I didn't think I'd be nervous or emotional, but I'm all of that," the general manager said. "Today is Groundhog Day. We have the right to claim baseball heaven. This is the mecca of baseball."

The crowd skewed extremely young -- mostly in their 20s -- almost all clad in black. AC/DC's Back In Black blared at the outset.

Clad in a shirt that read, "I Just Look Illegal," closer Sergio Romo hopped out of his convertible to high-five fans, ignoring a directive for players to stay in their cars.

Contributing: Jorge L. Ortiz in San Francisco

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