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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
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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

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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

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are focusing on Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano as they seek rotation help.

The Royals have checked in with Jon Lester and James Shields, but their price tags are almost surely going to be too high. Liriano reportedly wants a 3-4 year deal worth at least $12 million annually, and Santana is probably seeking a similar pact. Heyman says Kansas City will also consider Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel and will be keeping tabs on the trade market, as well.
Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:50:00 AM

Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox scouted Ervin Santana "the whole year."

He adds that the club has yet to check in on the free agent right-hander, but it appears that he could be a fallback option if the Sox are unable to land one of the marquee free agent hurlers. Whoever signs Santana will have to forfeit a draft pick, as he turned down the Braves' qualifying offer Monday.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 07:04:00 PM

Ervin Santana has turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Braves.

Santana saw first-hand last winter what can happen when you are tied to draft pick compensation, but he's now prepared to try his luck again on the free agent market. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.95 ERA across 31 starts with the Braves this season and has been one of the game's most durable pitchers over the past few years. That will likely be his selling point. The Braves will receive a compensatory draft pick if he signs with another team.
Mon, Nov 10, 2014 05:05:00 PM