Royals Considering Qualifying Offer for Santana

The Royals improvement and run at a post-season berth has them thinking about making Ervin Santana a $14M qualifying offer and have Santana, James Shields and Jeremy Guthrie for the 2014 season. Unlike Edwin Jackson, considered by many his comp, Santana will cost a signing team a draft choice, and draft choices now carry more value than ever before, which will restrict the market of players who get qualifying offers and can bring draft choice compensation. General Managers and agents will tell you the draft choice alters the market; Anibal Sanchez quickly signed last winter because he had no attached draft pick, but it delayed Lohse’s signing. This winter, it will restrict Santana, but the fact that Ricky Nolasco and Matt Garza were traded during the season frees them from the draft pick compensation and helps their market values.