Santana talks Angels, Royals and moving on …

Ervin Santana took part in a conference call with Royals reporters. Here’s what he said about Wednesday’s trade from the Angels (thanks to Royals beat reporter Dick Kaegel for passing this along) …

“I’ve very excited and I can’t wait to be with you guys.”

Disappointed to be leaving contender and joining what has been a non-contending team? …

“It’s not because the Royals have a very good team. They’ve got very good young talent and they’ve got a good defense and it’s very exciting.”

Can you be a No. 1 pitcher in the rotation? …

“If they give me the opportunity, I’ll be ready for it. I’ll be 100 percent ready for it. . . . I have the tools for it. So I if they give me a chance, I just have to go out there and do the job.”

Can you come back from a poor season? …

“I have to keep my mind confident and throw a lot of strikes and everything will change.”

Any physical problems last year? …

“I don’t have any physical problem, everything was good, I just had bad luck.”

What do you know about the Royals? …

“I know they’re very aggressive, have a good defense and very good young talent. I’m going to go over there and prove that I can help the team win games.”

Tough leaving Angels? …

“A little bit but, at the same time, I have to realize that this is a business. They’re trying to get something out (of it). I was not ready for it, but they traded me and I just have to accept it and just move on. It’s going to be hard because I’ve known these teammates for a long time but now I’m going to have new teammates and I can’t wait to meet them and hang out with them.”

Interested in longer-term deal? …

“Yeah, I would be interested but I’ll see how it is first and we’ll go from there.”

Kauffman  Stadium?

“I like the stadium, it’s very nice, it’s one of my favorite stadiums.”

Alden 

1 Comment

Kansas City has now fallen off a bit, but truly, we Royals will never stop bnvielieg. The Royals are going to be really good 2013-2019 or so. They all heard it here first. KC 4 LIFE

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