Royals looking into E. Santana, Liriano

The Royals are reportedly focusing on free agents Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano to bolster their rotation, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

Kansas City is also expected to check in on Jon Lester and James Shields, though it is widely believed that both starters will likely end up out of the Royals’ price range. With that in mind, the Royals have set their sights on the likes of Santana or Liriano to help fill any void left by Shields’ potential departure.

Nothing seems to be close at this point and Heyman added that the Royals also have some degree of interest in Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel. Acquiring a starter via trade could be even yet another option for a Royals club that is leaving no stone unturned at this point.

— Paul Casella

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