The Los Angeles Angels traded right-hander Ervin Santana to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday for minor-league reliever Brandon Sisk.

The Angels exercised Santana’s $13 million option for next season before trading the Dominican veteran and cash to the Royals.

Santana has been a fixture in Los Angeles’ rotation since 2005, going 96-80 with a 4.33 ERA while spending his entire career with the Angels, who signed him as a free agent in 2000. He struggled for much of last season, going 9-13 with a 5.16 ERA despite significant improvements over the final two months.

Santana threw a no-hitter in 2011 and a one-hitter last season.

Sisk spent last season with Triple-A Omaha, going 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA and eight saves. He’s pitching in the Venezuelan winter league.

Soriano opts out of deal

Reliever Rafael Soriano opted out of the final year of a three-year, $35 million contract with the New York Yankees and will likely seek a long-term deal in free agency.

The move was expected after the right-hander had 42 saves and a 2.26 ERA while filling in for closer Mariano Rivera this season after baseball’s saves leader tore a knee ligament in early May.

Soriano was set to make $14 million next season. Instead, New York will pay him a $1.5 million buyout. The Yankees can make him a qualifying offer of $13.3 million before today’s deadline, and if Soriano signs with another team, they will get draft compensation.

Soriano’s possible departure further complicates the Yankees’ bullpen for 2013. Rivera, who will turn 43 in November, vowed right after his injury to return next year, but recently said he isn’t sure whether he will play again.

Rule 5 Draft pick Brad Meyers, a right-handed pitcher, was returned to the Washington Nationals.

Mets retain Wright, Dickey

The New York Mets picked up the contract options for All-Stars David Wright and R.A. Dickey.

The Mets said the moves were really just a formality. General Manager Sandy Alderson said signing the two players to long-term deals is his top priority this offseason. Wright will make $16 million next season. Dickey’s deal will pay him $5 million.

Around the leagues

The Tampa Bay Rays exercised contract options on pitcher James Shields, closer Fernando Rodney and catcher Jose Molina and declined its $6 million option on designated hitter Luke Scott, paying him a $1 million buyout instead. … Cincinnati Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick became a free agent after declining his contract option for $5 million next season. … The Toronto Blue Jays exercised their $3 million option on left-hander Darren Oliver and signed outfielder Rajai Davis to a one-year, $2.5 million contract. … The Baltimore Orioles exercised the 2013 club option on right-handed reliever Luis Ayala, declined their option on corner infielder Mark Reynolds and purchased the contract of pitcher Zach Clark from Triple-A Norfolk. … The Pittsburgh Pirates picked up the option on third baseman Pedro Alvarez and parted ways with catcher Rod Barajas and reliever Hisanori Takahashi. … The Kansas City Royals declined their 2013 option on Joakim Soria after he missed all of last season because of Tommy John surgery, making the former All-Star closer a free agent. … The Pirates hired former Cleveland Indians shortstop Jay Bell as hitting coach.