Angels deal Santana to the Royals …

Ervin Santana’s tenure with the Angels ended on Wednesday, but not in the manner many would’ve expected.

Rather than simply decline his $13 million club option for 2013, the Angels were able to deal the right-hander to the Royals in exchange for Minor League left-hander Brandon Sisk.

As part of the deal, which has been officially announced, the Angels will also be sending cash to Kansas City.

Santana, signed by the Angels out of the Dominican Republic in 2000, was better down the stretch but still finished 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA and a Major League-leading 39 homers in 30 starts.

The Angels had until 9 p.m. PT on Wednesday to make a decision on his option, which has a $1 million buyout, and were expected to decline it. Still, interest was there from teams who were willing to take a shot on the talented right-hander, who compiled 28 wins and posted a 3.65 ERA from 2010-11.

“We’ve stated all along that starting pitching was a priority this off-season and acquiring someone with the resume of Ervin Santana immediately upgrades our rotation,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore said in a statement.  “At just 29 years old, he has 96 major league wins, is a proven innings eater and most importantly, he competes.  Ervin has been an All-Star, has pitched in the post-season and has at least 16 wins in three different years, all of which adds a winning mindset to our clubhouse.”

Sisk, 27, has spent his five-year pro career entirely in the Minors. With Triple-A Omaha last season, he posted a 2.54 ERA in 67 1/3 innings, with a 1.35 WHIP and a 2.28 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Angels have until 9 p.m. PT on Friday to decide on the $15.5 million club option on Dan Haren and, like with Santana, will try to trade him.

Alden Gonzalez

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