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30 Ervin Santana SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/185 | Birthdate: 12/12/1982 | Birthplace: San Cristobal, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Minnesota | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 91/66 | Average Draft Position: 142.36
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Ervin Santana has team option for 2019 and vesting option for 2020


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana will make $13.5 million per season over the next four seasons, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. His contract also includes a $14 million team option for 2019, which has a $1 million buyout.

There is also a $14 million vesting option for 2020. It vests if Santana throws 400 innings in 2017 and 2018, and throws at least 200 innings in '18. He also has to pass a physical.


Twins sign Ervin Santana to four-year deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) The Twins have signed pitcher Ervin Santana to a four-year contract, the team announced Friday.

The two sides agreed to a four-year, $54-million deal, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Thursday. The deal includes a team option for a fifth year.

Santana declined a qualifying offer for the second straight offseason in November but was able to land a multyear contract the second time around after going 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA and 179:63 K:BB ratio in 196 innings with the Braves in 2014. His 8.2 K/9 rate marked his best strikeout rate since his only All-Star campaign in 2008. He's made at least 30 starts in each of the last five seasons.

Santana turned 32 years old Friday.


Ervin Santana agrees to four-year, $54 million deal with Twins


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/11/2014) The Twins have agreed to a four-year, $54 million deal with starting pitcher Ervin Santana, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The deal includes a team option for a fifth year.

The Braves will receive draft-pick compensation for the Twins signing Santana since the 31-year-old pitcher turned down Atlanta's one-year qualifying offer in November.

Santana went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for Atlanta in 2014. He is 119-100 with a 4.17 ERA over 10 seasons in the majors. The Twins will be his fourth MLB team.


Report: Four teams in on pitcher Ervin Santana


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) There are at least four teams in on free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The Twins and Giants are both said to have interest in the 31-year-old. Minnesota has yet to make an offer to Santana, but are in the process of preparing one. The club pursued Santana last season, but he opted to accept a qualifying offer and return to the Braves. Santana is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.95 ERA over 196 innings. 


Report: Giants meeting with reps for SP Ervin Santana


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2014) The Giants are meeting with the reps for starting pitcher Ervin Santana at the Winter Meetings on Wednesday, according to ESPN. Santana rejected the Braves' qualifying offer in November, which means there is draft-pick compensation attached to signing the veteran right-handed pitcher.

Report: Twins open to idea of signing SP Ervin Santana


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Twins are open to the idea of signing free agent starting pitcher Ervin Santana, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press on Tuesday. The Twins have yet to engage in talks with Santana's camp, although a source told the paper, "he loves pitching in the cold."

Santana went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts last season for the Braves.


Royals focusing on Santana, Liriano and Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/19/2014) The Royals appear to be focusing their free-agent efforts on starting pitchers Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano, as well as veteran outfielder Torii Hunter, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals could also consider free agent pitchers Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel.


Hart: Braves will focus on signing 'B-tier and down' free agent SPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/11/2014) With the Braves not planning to pursue any top-tier starting pitchers in free agency, president of baseball operations John Hart said the team will focus on "B-tier and down" free agent starters, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. However, the team could aim a little higher in trades.

"Money could be freed up; there’s a lot of different dynamics there," Hart said. "But from where we sit today, that would be the sort of level that we would be looking at."

The Braves have lost more than 400 innings with the departure of Ervin Santana and Aaron Harang. Although, Hart said the team might be interested in re-signing the 36-year-old Harang.

The team is also pondering offering contracts to Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy, who are coming off Tommy John surgery in March. It is believed the Braves are leaning toward re-signing Medlen, but with a smaller salary that includes incentives and a second-year option.


Ervin Santana rejects Braves' qualifying offer


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) As expected, pitcher Ervin Santana rejected a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Braves, per MLB.com on Monday. Santana spent the 2014 with the Braves after rejecting a qualifying offer from the Royals in 2013. According to a report from CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, Santana may be interested in a reunion with the Royals. In 2014, Santana went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts.

Ervin Santana interested in reunion with Royals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) Free agent pitcher Ervin Santana could be looking at a reunion with the Royals, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

The Royals have reached out to Santana, who is said to be very receptive to a return to Kansas City. Santana reportedly likes Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland and other people within the organization. Santana is seeking a five-year contract.

Santana spent the 2014 season with the Braves after rejecting the Royals' qualifying offer following the 2013 season. Santana is expected to reject the Braves' qualifying offer, making him a free agent again.


Royals could pursue Santana, Cabrera, Hunter in free agency


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/10/2014) While the Royals are expected to have a payroll in the range of $90-100 million in 2015, which hurts their chances of re-signing ace James Shields, the team is expected to be active in the free-agent market, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Three targets expected to be on the Royals' radar this offseason are starting pitcher Ervin Santana, outfielder Melky Cabrera and outfielder Torii Hunter.


Braves formally offer pitcher Ervin Santana qualifying offer


(11/3/2014) As expected, the Braves have offered pitcher Ervin Santana a qualifying offer for the 2015 season. Santana has a week to notify the Braves of his decision on the $15.3 million offer.

In 2014, Santana went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts.


Braves expected to hand out qualifying offer to Ervin Santana


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/29/2014) The Braves are expected to give pitcher Ervin Santana a qualifying offer, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The team has until Monday to extend the offer. If they do, Santana can either accept a one-year, $15.3 million deal with Atlanta, or turn it down hoping for more on the market. By giving Santana a qualifying offer, the Braves will receive a draft pick if he signs elsewhere. Santana posted a 3.95 ERA over 196 innings last season. 


Ervin Santana posts quality start in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana turned in a quality start in a losing effort Monday night against the Nationals, dropping to 14-9 on the year. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out six over six innings of a 4-2 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 17 innings, Santana has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 3.74 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 29 starts (185 1/3 innings). His next start will come Sunday at home against the Mets.

Ervin Santana struggles in loss vs. Nationals Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana took a loss Tuesday, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walks in five innings while striking out five in his team's 6-4 defeat against the Nationals.

Santana (14-8) ran into a load of trouble in the first inning, giving up four runs on five hits, a walk and two sacrifices. He settled down after that, holding the Nationals to an unearned run in the second inning and an earned run in the fourth. Santana owns a 3.76 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 164:57 K:BB ratio in 179 1/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Nationals again Monday.


Ervin Santana picks up the win Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2014) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana picked up the win Wednesday against the Phillies.

Santana allowed four runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. Santana found himself in trouble early. A leadoff double led to a run in the first inning. While Santana was able to get through the second inning with no issue, he had trouble in the third. With one out, Ben Revere reached via the single. Grady Sizemore then belted a two-run shot to right. Santana had a quiet fourth, but allowed another run on a sac fly in the fifth.

Despite the performance, Santana was able to pick up a win. He improved to 14-7. Santana will take on the Nationals in his next start. 


Ervin Santana turns in a strong start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana turned in a strong start Friday against the Marlins.

Santana allowed one run on five hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked four during the outing. Santana started out strong, tossing five scoreless innings to open the game. He gave up his only run in the sixth. With one out in the inning, Santana allowed two singles and a run-scoring double against the next three hitters. He was able to get out of the inning without giving up any additional runs. 

The Braves were able to battle back, giving Santana a no-decision. He’ll take on the Phillies in his next start. 


Ervin Santana turns in a strong start versus Reds


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana turned in a strong start Saturday against the Reds.

Santana allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out seven and walked one during the outing. Santana cruised early, throwing five scoreless frames to open the game. He was tagged for his only run in the sixth inning. After a leadoff double, Santana managed to quickly pick up two outs. With one out left in the inning, Brandon Phillips knocked a run-scoring single to left field. That was the only run the Reds could muster against Santana.

Santana was matched by Mike Leake throughout the start, causing him to pick up the loss. Santana fell to 13-7. He’ll take on the Marlins in his next start.


Ervin Santana doesn't make it out of the sixth


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/18/2014) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana couldn’t go six innings Monday against the Pirates.

Santana allowed three runs on nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. He struck out four and walked two during the outing. Home runs were a big problem for Santana. Santana allowed three solo shots during the start. Starling Marte was a thorn in his side, accounting for two of those solo home runs. Neil Walker drilled the third homer. Santana was replaced after putting men on second and third in the sixth inning.

With the win, Santana improved to 13-6. He’ll take on the Reds in his next start. 


Ervin Santana strikes out nine in win vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/13/2014) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana earned a win Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on eight hits and two walks in six innings and striking out nine in his team's 3-2 victory over the Dodgers.

Santana (12-6) surrendered both runs on five hits in the second inning but held the Dodgers scoreless the rest of the way. He's 5-0 over his last six starts, only one of which wasn't a quality start. Santana owns a 3.66 ERA and 137:45 K:BB ratio in 150 innings. He's scheduled to face the Pirates Monday.


Ervin Santana allows four runs in win vs. Nationals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2014) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana picked up a win Friday, giving up four earned runs on four hits and two walks in six innings and striking out four in his team's 7-5 victory over the Nationals.

Santana (11-6) is 4-0 over his last five starts, but Friday's outing was his first time during that stretch failing to record a quality start. He took a 7-0 lead into the sixth inning before giving up all four runs before the frame was over, with three runs coming on a home run. Santana owns a 3.69 ERA and 128:43 K:BB ratio in 144 innings. He's scheduled to face the Dodgers Wednesday.


Ervin Santana can't factor into decision Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Braves starting pitcher Ervin Santana settled for a no-decision Saturday night against the Padres in San Diego. The right-hander yielded two runs on six hits and four walks while striking out six over 6 2/3 innings of work.

Over his last two starts covering 15 1/3 innings, Santana has allowed three earned runs. He owns a 3.59 ERA and a 1.25 WHIP over 21 starts (138 innings). His next start will come Saturday at home against the Nationals.

Ervin Santana rolls merrily along in defeat of Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/28/2014) Braves right-hander Ervin Santana remained on a strikeout tear while snagging his third consecutive win Monday against San Diego.

Santana pitched eight shutout innings on five hits and tied a season-high by fanning 11 while walking none. He has thrown seven consecutive quality starts to lower his ERA to 3.63, its lowest point since May 21.

He is set to start Saturday in San Diego against the same Padres.


Ervin Santana strikes out 10 in win vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Braves pitcher Ervin Santana picked up a win Wednesday, giving up just one earned run on six hits and three walks in 7 1/3 innings while striking out 10 in his team's 6-1 victory over the Marlins.

Santana (9-6) recorded double-digit strikeouts for just the second time this season after striking out only one batter in his previous start. He owns a 3.87 ERA and 107:37 K:BB ratio in 123 1/3 innings. Santana is slated to face the Padres Monday.


Ervin Santana labors through win Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Braves starter Ervin Santana had an average start Friday against the Phillies.

Santana allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits over six innings. He struck out one and walked three during the outing. Santana was done in by his control problems early. He walked two hitters to start the second inning. Both players came around to score during the inning. Things also started out poorly in the sixth. After Jimmy Rollins reached on an error, Chase Utley clubbed a double. Both players scored on a two-run single by Ryan Howard. 

The Braves were able to get to Phillies starter A.J. Burnett, giving Santana the win. With the win, he moves to 8-6 on the year. His next start is slated to come against the Marlins.