Royals Rotation Has Tough Act to Follow

Let's take a trip back in time and think about the discussion surrounding the Kansas City Royals at this time last year. It was actually quite similar to what we're talking about this year, especially in regards to the starting rotation. At this time last year, everyone was worried that the rotation would take a step back because of the loss of Ervin Santana and because Bruce Chen...
Via Pine Tar Press
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Bringing Back A Familiar Face Could Fill A Void For Twins

  Photo Credit – Keith Allison 82. That’s how many wins Johan Santana accumulated compared to just 35 losses from 2003-2007 for the Minnesota Twins. During that stretch he racked up 1,152 strikeouts while issuing only 245 walks with a 2.93 ERA. He led the league in ERA twice, in 2006 became the first pitching Triple Crown winner since Dwight Gooden in 1985 when he led the...
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10 days ago  |  Discuss

Twins Offseason: So Far, So Meh

It’s getting harder and harder as a baseball fan in Minnesota to be excited about the game. The Twins needed to make some drastic moves, and they didn’t make any. They hired the safe, fan-friendly Paul Molitor to be their manager. They topped it off by bringing back or promoting almost every position of his coaching staff from within the organization, which does not give me a...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Notes on Baseball, and a Little Hoops

It's the middle of winter, I have a billion days off, and there's lots going on that I haven't gotten to.  So here's some of that.-  First off, the Torii Hunter signing.  Ugh.  Hate it.  Absolutely hate it and it was made for all the wrong reasons.  So all the moms and wives and sisters and casual fans will say "Yay!  I love Torii Hunter I'm so glad he's back let's go to a...
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December 22, 2014  |  Discuss

FG on Fox: Getting Ready for Jung-Ho Kang

What if I told you there’s a shortstop in his 20s, available for presumably less than Ervin Santana money, coming off a year in which he hit 40 dingers with a four-digit OPS? It’s true — all of those things are true. The shortstop’s name is Jung-Ho Kang, and he really did have such a […]
Via Fangraphs
December 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Figuring Out the Atlanta Braves

With the Winter Meetings now behind us, one has to wonder just what the Atlanta Braves are trying to do as they shape their team heading into 2015. Yes, there is plenty of time to make moves before pitchers and catchers report, before Spring Training starts—but with the moves they’ve made thus far coupled with their inactivity last week in San Diego, it’s tough to figure...
Via The Sports Post
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

FOX Sports North Podcast: 2015 Twins, Bridgewater development discussed

With the Twins spending again in free agency, talk has turned to the team's prospects in 2015 and beyond. What will the starting rotation look like now that Ervin Santana is in the fold? What about the batting order? beat writers Tyler Mason, Brian Hall and Phil Ervin discuss all of the above in the latest FOX Sports North Podcast. And that's just the offseason...
Via Fox Sports North
December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

The Ervin Santana gambit

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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins upgrade outfield and rotation but challenges remain

With the Winter Meetings over and the offseason at the midway point, we begin a series of looks at how the Indians' rivals in the AL Central have fared: MINNESOTA TWINS Last season: 70-92, fifth Indians vs. Twins last two years: 24-14 including going 11-8 last year. What They've Accomplished The Ron Gardenhire era is over after 13 seasons as Paul Molitor takes over as manager. Gardenhire...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Santana improves Twins' starting rotation, gives team options

MINNEAPOLIS -- In the last two winters, the Minnesota Twins have doled out the two largest free agent contracts in franchise history. Both of those lucrative deals went to starting pitchers: Ricky Nolasco last offseason, and Ervin Santana this past weekend. That's a total of $103 million spent on two starters in the span of a year. The Twins' message the past two winters has been...
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December 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Sign Ervin Santana As Winter Meetings Come To A Close

The Minnesota Twins have signed starting pitcher Ervin Santana to a four-year, $55 million deal, according to multiple sources. Santana, 32, spent last season with the Braves, and pitched to a 14-10 record, with a 3.95 ERA, 1.306 WHIP, 3.39 FIP, and a 8.2 K/9. In his 10 year career, Santana has compiled a 119-100 record between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Kansas City Royals...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins, Ervin Santana Reach Agreement on 4-year Deal

Last year right-hander Ervin Santana signed a one year deal with Atlanta, unable to find a multi-year offer, at the value of the qualifying offer. After turning in a solid 2014, going 4-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts Santana took advantage of a suddenly strong pitchers market inking a 4-year deal worth $54 million with the Minnesota Twins, with a conditional option worth $14...
Via Baseball News Source
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

AP sources: Twins, Ervin Santana near $55M deal

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Two people with direct knowledge of the deal say the Minnesota Twins and free-agent right-hander Ervin Santana are working to finalize a four-year contract worth $55 million. The agreement was reached Thursday in San Diego at baseball's winter meetings. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal had not yet been signed. They...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins add Ervin Santana to a veteran-heavy rotation

The Minnesota Twins have made another big splash in the starting pitching market. A year after signing both Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco to multi-year deals, the club inked former Brave Ervin Santana to a four-year, $55 million contract that includes a vesting option for a fifth year. Source: E. Santana deal with #Twins is actually four years, $55M. Includes $14M vesting option...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

REPORT: Ervin Santana, Twins agree to four-year deal

Credit: AP/Todd Kirkland The Minnesota Twins have signed Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million contract. This has been reported by NBC Sports and various additional outlets. Let talks of the Twins overpaying Santana begin. He has a 4.17 career ERA and has surrendered 20+ home runs in eight of his ten MLB seasons, including a 39 bomb total in 2012. His ERA has been 5.00 or greater...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins sign Ervin Santana

The Minnesota Twins have signed free-agent righty Ervin Santana, to a four-year/$54 million deal, per Jon Heyman. ervin santana gets $54M for 4 years from twins, with 5th year option — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2014 Santana, 31, pitched for a 14-10 record with a 3.95 ERA, 179 strikeouts, and 1.31; he was arguably Atlanta’s best pitcher in the 2014 season. The...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Twins to Sign Ervin Santana

The Minnesota Twins’ search for reliable starting pitching came to a head on Thursday. Multiple reports indicate that the team has signed veteran right-handed starter Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million contract. ervin santana is going to the twins. @JeffPassan says will $54M, 4 yrs — Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 11, 2014 While a live arm, Santana isn’t necessarily...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Reports: Twins agree with SP Ervin Santana on four-year contract

For the second consecutive winter, the Minnesota Twins are spending big money on a free-agent starting pitcher. The Twins on Thursday agreed to sign right-hander Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million deal, according to multiple reports. Yahoo Sports reports that Santana's deal includes a vesting option for a fifth year, based on innings pitched. Santana, who turns 32 on Friday...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Breaking: Minnesota Twins Sign Ervin Santana

BREAKING: The Minnesota Twins, who finished last in the AL Central last season, have signed free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana to a 4 year deal worth 54 million with a 5th vesting year depending on innings pitched. Jeff Passan first reported of the deal. Source: Ervin Santana finalizing a four-year deal for around $54 million with Minnesota. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan)...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Twins Sign Ervin Santana

The Minnesota Twins have signed Ervin Santana to a 4 year $54 mil deal.  This will be Santana's 4th team in 4 years.  He spent the first 8 years of his career with the Los Angeles Angels, before being traded to the Kansas City Royals and then signing with the Atlanta Braves last season.  He has finished with an ERA under 4.00 in 5 of the last 7 seasons.  He will join Phil Hughes...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Yankees showing signs of interest on Ervin Santana

getty images Ervin Santana hit free agency again this offseason tied to draft pick compensation. The 31-year-old Santana pitched last season on a one-year deal with the Brves finishing with a 3.95 ERA across 31 starts. After rejecting a $15.3 million qualifying offer Santana has been slow to see a market develop as teams had focused on Jon Lester – now with the Cubs – and Max...
December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Minnesota Twins “pushing” to sign Ervin Santana

With a plethora of teams reportedly in the mix, Joel Sherman is reporting that the Minnesota Twins are pushing to sign starting pitcher Ervin Santana. Going to rephrase on Ervin Santana: Hearing #Twins pushing to get deal with Santana. — Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 11, 2014 Santana, 31, spent the 2014 season with the Atlanta Braves after signing late in Spring Training...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Giants Rumors: San Francisco showing interest in starting pitcher Ervin Santana

With the headlines being dominated by Jon Lester and Max Scherzer amongst starting pitchers, one name that is sliding under the radar is Ervin Santana. It was reported earlier in the week that Santana was seeking a 5-year contract but there was no teams connected to him yet. However, a team is now being connected with Santana and that team is the San Francisco Giants. #456161674...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

White Sox Shopping For Top Right-Handed Starter

The White Sox may be open to trying to keep All-Star Max Scherzer in the AL Central, writes Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. as they look to add a “top” right-handed starter. “The White Sox are in the market for a veteran right-handed starter, and with some payroll flexibility remaining after two key moves, they appear to at least be considering even the top guys — Max Scherzer...
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December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

MLB Rumors: Ervin Santana wants a long term deal

For as talented as Ervin Santana has been over his career, he is going through his second straight year of looking for a long term contract.  While last season, he was signed late with the Atlanta Braves to a one year contract, Buster Olney is reporting that he is currently looking for more long term stability with his new contract. #455610310 / Not surprisingly...
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December 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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