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Ervin Santana | Starting Pitcher

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 175
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Ervin Santana has been throwing bullpen sessions in extended spring training.
He'll throw live batting practice next week and is in line to begin a rehab assignment at Triple-A Rochester in mid-June. Santana will be eligible to return from his suspension in July. May 19 - 7:01 PM

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Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball for testing positive for Stanozolol.

Santana just signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Twins over the offseason and will now miss the first half of his first season with the club. He won't be paid while suspended, so the Twins will at least get $6.75 million of that money back. It's obviously a big blow to a Twins team that was already looking like a likely last-place finish in the AL Central. Mike Pelfrey will replace Ervin Santana in the rotation.
Apr 3 - 4:34 PM

Ervin Santana was terrific in his final spring training tuneup Thursday, allowing just one hit over six shutout frames against the Red Sox.

He struck out a pair and walked one. The outing was especially impressive given that Santana was going up against what will be Boston's Opening Day lineup. The veteran right-hander put up a 1.89 ERA this spring.
Apr 2 - 10:40 PM

Ervin Santana pitched six innings of one-run ball Saturday in beating the Phillies.

Santana has pitched well in three of his four starts this spring. We don't like his chances of amassing much fantasy value in front of the lousy Twins defense, but at least he'll be an upgrade over what they got from the middle of their rotation last year.
Mar 28 - 3:52 PM

Ervin Santana pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three Sunday as the Twins beat the Orioles 2-1.

Santana allowed two hits, both of which were singles. The right-hander figures to be the Twins' No. 2 starter after signing a four-year, $55 million contract in December. He's not recommended in fantasy leagues.
Mar 8 - 4:17 PM

Twins signed RHP Ervin Santana to a four-year, $55 million contract.

The deal includes a $14 million vesting option for the fifth year, or a $1 million buyout. The Twins will hold a press conference Saturday morning to announce the deal. Santana posted a 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 179/63 K/BB ratio over 196 innings with the Braves in 2014. The 31-year-old hurler should provide a stabilizing veteran presence atop the Twins rotation.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 08:25:00 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Twins and Ervin Santana have struck a four-year, $55 million deal.

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports says the contract will also include a fifth-year vesting option worth $14 million (or a $1 million buyout). Santana had to settle for a one-year, $14.1 million contract last winter from the Braves but has now hit it big despite posting worse numbers in 2014 than he did in 2013 with the Royals. The 31-year-old's free agency is tied to draft pick compensation, but Minnesota's first-rounder is protected.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 01:59:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reports that the Yankees are "kicking the tires" on Ervin Santana.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported late Wednesday that the Twins had made a four-year offer worth around $50 million to Santana, so the Yanks will have to beat that. Santana rejected a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Braves in early November, which means that his free agency is once again tied to draft pick compensation. The 31-year-old had a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts this past season with Atlanta.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 08:56:00 AM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post hears the Twins are "pushing" to sign Ervin Santana.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press previously reported the Twins were one of four teams in on the right-hander. The Twins' first-round pick is protected, so they would have to forfeit their second-round pick to sign Santana. The 31-year-old posted a 3.95 ERA with the Braves in 2014.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 07:55:00 PM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports four teams, including the Twins and Giants, are in on free agent Ervin Santana.

The two named by Berardino aren't a surprise, but the other two teams involved are as of yet unknown. Any team signing Santana would need to sacrifice a draft pick, as he turned down a qualifying offer from the Braves earlier this offseason. The soon-to-be 32-year-old had a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts with the Braves this past season.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 07:10:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Giants will meet with the representatives for free agent right-hander Ervin Santana on Wednesday.

The Giants made a push for Jon Lester before he opted to sign with the Cubs, so now they are shuffling through the alternatives. Santana, who turns 32 this week, posted a 3.95 ERA across 31 starts with the Braves this past season and is also drawing interest from the Twins. He's reportedly looking for a five-year deal, but that sounds like a stretch.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 03:17:00 PM

La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins are interested in free agent right-hander Ervin Santana.

It was reported Tuesday that Santana was open to pitch for the Twins, but the interest is apparently mutual. Minnesota's first-round pick is protected, so they would only have to give up a second-round pick in order to sign him. Still, he's likely looking for big money after having to settle for a one-year deal last offseason. ESPN's Buster Olney reported last week that the 31-year-old wants a five-year contract.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 08:47:00 AM

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Ervin Santana is open to pitching for the Twins.

"He loves pitching in the cold," said a source. The Twins actually offered Santana a three-year, $33 million deal in February before he landed with the Braves, so it wouldn't be crazy to see them make another run at him. The Twins' first-round pick is protected next season, so they would only have to give up a second-round pick to sign him.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 05:20:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that, in addition to Jon Lester, the Giants are showing interest in Ervin Santana and other starters.

Ryan Vogelsong is a free agent, Matt Cain is coming off elbow surgery and Tim Lincecum is less than a sure thing, so the Giants understandably are scouring the starting pitching market. Santana wound up having to settle for a one-year deal last offseason but is reportedly looking for a five-year pact this time around. The Royals and Red Sox have also been connected to the right-hander.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:26:00 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Ervin Santana hopes to land a five-year deal.

It's a nice goal to have, but there's nothing to indicate that any team is willing to go there. Santana turned down a qualifying offer from the Braves in order to test free agency, so he's tied to draft pick compensation for the second straight offseason. He had to settle for a one-year deal from Atlanta last time, but he's hoping for better luck this time around.
Tue, Dec 2, 2014 04:00:00 PM

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2Chris Herrmann
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Eddie Rosario
CF1Jordan Schafer
2Shane Robinson
3Aaron Hicks
RF1Torii Hunter
DH1Kennys Vargas
Starting Pitcher
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Trevor May
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Casey Fien
3Brian Duensing
4Tim Stauffer
5Blaine Boyer
6J.R. Graham
7Aaron Thompson
8Ryan Pressly
9Michael Tonkin