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Santana Deadline Lapses as Royals Let Mendoza Go

Associated Press - November 12, 2013 6:15 am

Wade Miley scattered five hits for his first career shutout and Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning off an ineffective Yordano Venture and pace the Seattle Mariners to a 6-0 victory over Kansas City on Saturday night, the Royals' fifth consecutive loss on their current road trip.

Wade Miley scattered five hits for his first career shutout and Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer to cap a four-run first inning off an ineffective Yordano Venture and pace the Seattle Mariners to a 6-0 victory over Kansas City on Saturday night, the Royals' fifth consecutive loss on their current road trip.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – 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.