KANSAS CITY, Missouri — Ervin Santana has rejected the Royals' qualifying offer, which means Kansas City will receive a compensation pick in next year's first-year player draft if the free-agent right-hander signs elsewhere next season.
It was almost a certainty that Santana would reject the Royals' qualifying offer of $14.1 million by Monday's deadline. He's reportedly seeking a five-year, $100 million deal after he went 9-10 with a career-best 3.24 ERA in his first season in Kansas City.
Santana has said that he'd like to pitch for the Royals next season, but it's unlikely the small-market club will be able to meet his contract demands.
The Royals also requested release waivers Monday on right-hander Luis Mendoza, who intends to pitch in Japan next season. Mendoza made 15 starts last season before moving to the bullpen due to shoulder fatigue, and went 2-6 with a 5.36 ERA.