Yost likes Santana's chances for rebound year

Yost likes Santana's chances for rebound year

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Royals manager Ned Yost, not surprisingly, has an upbeat attitude on right-hander Ervin Santana's outlook for 2013.

"I see a kid that has a tremendous slider. I see a kid that's highly motivated to have success," Yost said. "When I talked to [Angels pitching coach] Mike Butcher, Butch told me before we made a deal ... every time Santana's had a rough year, he's always bounced back very strong, and I look for him to do this again."

True enough. In 2007, Santana was 7-14 with a 5.76 ERA and in 2008, he went 16-7 with 3.49 ERA for an Angels team that won 100 games. And Santana turned his 8-8, 5.03 in 2009 into 17-10, 3.92 in 2010.

Last season, Santana was 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA.

"You know, he's a tremendous, talented pitcher who has headed up a really good rotation and pitched in the playoffs before," Yost said. "In our park with our defense, I think he's going to have a pretty good year."