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Twins reportedly offered Ervin Santana a three-year deal

Mar 9, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

Ervin Santana AP

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the Twins have offered free agent starter Ervin Santana a three-year deal. The right-hander has been mulling one-year deals from the Blue Jays and Orioles and has stated that he prefers a one-year deal, which doesn’t bode well for the Twins’ chances of signing him.

In the unlikely event Santana winds up in Minnesota, he would be the fourth free agent pitcher the team has signed since the end of the previous season. They signed Ricky Nolasco (four years, $49 million), Phil Hughes (three years, $24 million), and Mike Pelfrey (two years, $11 million).

If he were to take a multi-year deal, Santana wants something close to four years and $50 million. That’s still a significant drop from the $100 million he was seeking in November.

Santana recently fired his agent and wants to report to spring training somewhere, so expect the saga to resolve within a week.

  1. missingdiz - Mar 9, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    He’s 31. He’s had 3 very good seasons, 3 very bad seasons, and 3 about average seasons. Why would he prefer a 1-yr. deal over a 3-yr. deal? Especially when he probably would be the #1 starter in Minnesota?

    • mmeyer3387 - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Some times a team most take a calculated risk in order to win. I’m not sure this guy is a good risk, Teams need to do their home work. The best run organizations in Baseball.seem to know when to take a chance or when to reject one.

  2. tfbuckfutter - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    If Minnesota signs him to a 3 year contract than their free agency spending spree is more than reason enough to reopen the discussion about contraction.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 9, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      the last time there was serious talk about contraction, and the twins were being talked about as a candidate, 2000 – 2003, in 2002 the twins made the playoffs with i believe (could be wrong but not too much wrong) the lowest payroll in baseball.

      i gotta snow shovel that i’ll hopefully only need for another month or less that would look really good on top of your head.

      • tfbuckfutter - Mar 9, 2014 at 9:54 PM

        If you pull the head off that snow shovel you could probably use the handle to bat .320 off the starting pitchers your team has signed thus far.

  3. Cris E - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    More starters? All I can think of is someone in MIN really hates Corriea or they have another team on the string who totally wants him.

    • undeadjesus - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Twins hate Correia? I’m not sure how you figure that…more like he’s in the final year of his deal and will probably be dealt at some point in the season, thus freeing up a spot in the rotation (and the team doesn’t exactly have a bunch of good SP prospects who can fill that, aside from Meyer)

      The Twins have had the worst starting pitching in the entire league over the past three seasons…should not be surprising that they are taking steps to fix that.

      • Cris E - Mar 11, 2014 at 11:33 AM

        It’s a joke son, laugh.

        There is no good reason to sign sign a fourth starting pitcher. None. They already took the steps (keep the one decent guy, save a spot for the kids, replace everyone else) and yet rumors continue to pour in. Why? Either the whispers are crap spread by agents who need to show interest in their players, or fans trying to fend off boredom, or something is wrong with the initial assumptions. The correct response is boring, so let’s waste some time talking about the one guy they kept. Geez.

  4. themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 9, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    This is a better park for Ervin. He’ll get his lunch eaten in The AL East. If he posses even a smidgen of sense he’d do well to stay out of there

  5. happytwinsfan - Mar 9, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    the twins are also reported to have made a competitive 3 year offer to garza, with a fourth year if he met some durability metrics. they didn’t get him because the brew crew went all in and offered him a guaranteed fourth year. if this report is true along with this report about santana, the good news is that they really are ready to break out the checkbook for respectability, but are not willing to hurt themselves longer term for immediate fan base gratification by over committing. the bad news is they don’t think too much about the possibility of kyle gibson, trever may and maybe even alex meyer contributing in the next year or so by locking up all starter spots with FA signings.

    i saw them today playing philly. pelfry, deduno and gibson all pitched well. spring is nigh and if they solid up with santana, i won’t know if i agree or disagree with their organizational vision, but i will look forward that much more to warm evenings planned around watching our boys defend our field of green.

  6. sportsnut101 - Mar 9, 2014 at 9:26 PM

    he got greedy to begin with
    dont need agents i say it again just hire a lawyer to overlook contract save 3 pcts and he charges u 500 hr

  7. Travis Reitsma - Mar 9, 2014 at 10:37 PM

    Just FYI, he didn’t fire his agent, he followed his agent Jay Alou (as did Jose Bautista) when he left Proformance. Same agent, just out on his own now.

  8. thebirdsareback - Mar 10, 2014 at 7:47 AM

    Obviously the orioles are the best team to join at this point. I just dont know if the O’s really need him. He just might get eaten alive in Camden Yards. But if i am choosing. The Orioles are the team geared to win this year.

  9. zdravit - Mar 10, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    That rotation is just laughable. Keep throwing money at mediocre pitchers.

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