Anaheim, CA - Multiple sources have confirmed the Angels have traded right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals for 26 year old left-handed pitcher Brandon Sisk.
In five minor league seasons for the Royals, Sisk was 20-18 in 198 games, 9 games started and 103 games finished. Sisk carries a career minor league ERA of 2.79 with a 1.15 WHIP. It would appear the Angels have a candidate that could fill a second left handed roll for the Angels bullpen. This allows Nick Maronde a chance to go back to his natural role of starting pitcher.
Santana (29) was signed as a free agent out of La Romana in the Dominican Republic in 2000; making his Major League debut in 2005. Santana sparkled as a rookie going 12-8 with a 4.69 ERA. However Santana was also plagued with inconsistency putting up good seasons every other year. In particular 2008, 2010 and 2011 stand out as his finest seasons.
Santana's legacy will be a game against the Cleveland Indians on July 27, 2011. Ervin Santana who made his Major League debut getting hammered by the Tribe, got revenge that night by throwing his first career no-hitter.
In eight seasons with the Angels, Santana compiled a 96-80 record in 236 games (233 GS) with a 4.33 ERA.