After exercising their $13 million option on Ervin Santana’s contract, the Angels traded the righthander and cash to the Royals on Wednesday for minor league reliever Brandon Sisk. Santana has been a fixture in the Angels’ rotation since 2005, going 96-80 with a 4.33 ERA. But he struggled last season, going 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA while giving up a major league-worst 39 homers. Before acquiring Santana, the Royals declined their $8 million option for 2013 on righthander Joakim Soria after he missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery . . . The Rays exercised contract options on pitcher James Shields, closer Fernando Rodney, and catcher Jose Molina, while declining a $6 million option on DH Luke Scott, paying him a $1 million buyout instead. Shields, gets a $9.5 million salary next year rather than a $1.5 million buyout . . . The Mets picked up the options for All-Star third baseman David Wright ($16 million) and Cy Young Award candidate R.A. Dickey ($5 million) . . . Reliever Rafael Soriano opted out of the final year of a three-year, $35 million contract with the Yankees to become a free agent. The Yankees can make Soriano a qualifying offer of $13.3 million before Friday’s deadline, and if he signs with another team, they will get draft compensation . . . The Orioles exercised an option on righthander Luis Ayala and declined their option on first baseman Mark Reynolds. Reynolds, due $11 million next season, gets a $500,000 buyout . . . The Blue Jays exercised their $3 million option on lefthander Darren Oliver and signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a one-year, $2.5 million contract . . . Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick became a free agent after declining his contract option for $5 million next season. Cincinnati reliever Ryan Madson, sidelined all of last season following elbow surgery, also became a free agent after declining his option.
Francona retains Alomar, hires Mills
Indians manager Terry Francona is keeping Sandy Alomar Jr. as bench coach. Alomar, bench coach last season and interim manager for six games after Manny Acta was fired, interviewed for the manager’s job. Francona hired ex-Houston manager Brad Mills as third base coach. Mills was Francona’s bench coach with the Red Sox. Also, the Indians picked up Ubaldo Jimenez’s $5.75 million option, and declined options for $13 million on DH Travis Hafner and $6 million on righty Roberto Hernandez . . . A person familiar with the Marlins’ managerial search said ex-Pirates manager Lloyd McClendon interviewed for the job . . . The Pirates picked up the option on third baseman Pedro Alvarez and parted ways with catcher Rod Barajas.
Bruins’ Kelly is bound for Switzerland
Center Chris Kelly has become the 10th member of the Bruins to head overseas, signing with HC Red Ice in Switzerland. Pat Morris, Kelly’s agent, confirmed the transaction. Kelly, who had been working out near his offseason home in Ottawa, joins Bruins’ teammates Tyler Seguin and Patrice Bergeron in Switzerland. The other Bruins to have signed overseas are Tuukka Rask, Anton Khudobin, Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, Andrew Ference, David Krejci, and Rich Peverley.
Querrey eliminates Djokovic in Paris
Sam Querrey recovered from a poor first set to beat second-seeded Novak Djokovic, 0-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, in the second round of the Paris Masters. It was the first time since the Miami Masters in March 2010 that Djokovic has been eliminated so early in a tournament . . . Caroline Wozniacki beat Roberta Vinci, 6-3, 6-1, to advance to the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions in Sofia, Bulgaria . . . UCLA freshman Kyle Anderson was cleared by the NCAA to play basketball this season. Anderson was being investigated for potential recruiting violations . . . Minnesota freshman guard Wally Ellenson broke his left hand during practice and will miss 6-8 weeks . . . In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, MLS asked D.C. United and the New York Red Bulls to alternate home dates in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. The opening game of will now be played in Washington on Saturday. The Red Bulls will host the second game next Wednesday . . . Columbus Crew defender Chad Marshall underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right ankle . . . Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the NYC Marathon will go on as planned Sunday after the hurricane devastated the city.