On Monday, all 13 Major League Baseball players who were offered qualifying offers for the 2014 season turned them down. That included KC Royals starter Ervin Santana. He was offered a whopping $14.1 million and decided to test the free agent market.
The soon-to-be 30 year old has been rumored to be asking for five years and $100 million. That is WAY out of the Royals price range, so unless Santana lowers his demands dramatically, it is BYE BYE to the likable guy who pitched way better than many expected in 2013.
If he signs with another team, the Royals will receive a compensatory pick in the 2014 draft.
The Royals also said BYE BYE to pitcher Luis Mendoza, who rarely pitched once getting the boot to the bullpen in 2013. The Royals requested release waivers on him so he can go play in Japan for the Nippon Ham Fighters.
The news came as the 30 year old Mexican native is spending his third wedding anniversary in Europe. He was offered a nice contract to start, something he believes he would not have received in the US.
The 2013 season started with Mendoza in the rotation coming off a Caribbean Series MVP award and a solid showing for Mexico in the World Baseball Classic. However, his last start as a Royal came on July 7th (2-5 with a 5.01 ERA). He only made six relief appearances after the All-Star break.
So long to the two lovable Latinos who are very social on Twitter!