Santana's return to KC still seems unlikely

Santana's return to KC still seems unlikely

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Former Royals pitcher Ervin Santana is still on the open market and is still talking to clubs -- including the Royals.

But, slow down, there seems to be no indication that Santana will end up back in royal blue.

"We actually spoke today, I'll be very candid with you," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said on Friday, "and I don't think it's going to be anything we can work with."

Moore acknowledged that he chatted with Santana's representative, Jay Alou.

"Nothing's changed on our end," Moore said.

So Santana is still not a fit for the Royals?

"I think right now it's probably not," Moore said.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.