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54 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%: 17/1 | Average Draft Position: 167.77
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Twins GM Terry Ryan: Ervin Santana 'shouldn't make that mistake'


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Twins general manager Terry Ryan was not happy about Ervin Santana's 80-game suspension, reports the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

"People are going to test positive because kids are kids and men are men," Ryan said. "Unfortunately, people make mistakes. This one's a costly one, not only for the player but for us. It's a lot of games, a lot of money. You shouldn't make that mistake."

Santana is not eligible to return to the club until July at the earliest and Ryan is expecting him to take part in some extended spring training games "sometime in May."

"I'm not too worried about him because he's been around and he knows how to get prepared," Ryan said. "There's not a whole lot we want him to do other than make sure he keeps his core in shape and his legs in shape. It works out fine."

Santana signed a $55 million deal with Minnesota last offseason and was expected to be the ace of the staff.


Twins unsure when Ervin Santana will train with team


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) With Twins pitcher Ervin Santana suspended for the first 80 games of the season, general manager Terry Ryan said he was unsure how long Santana would remain in Florida to train at the team's Fort Myers facility.

"I'm not sure exactly when he'll go back," Ryan said. "Intermittently, I suspect he'll be down there."

Ryan added that the team will not treat Santana's suspension as a disabled list stint and Santana will work to maintain his skills.

"We are going to deal with it," Ryan said. "There's nothing right now I can tell you that I can do about it other than the fact that we made some roster moves here, which I didn't anticipate. You've got to face the accountability as an organization and as a player, and that's what we're doing."


Santana suspended for PEDs; Pelfrey joins rotation, Thompson recalled


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, which is a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Friday. 

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Twins said in a statement Friday. "We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter.”

Santana's suspension comes a day after Braves pitcher Arodys Vizcaino was suspended 80 games for also testing positive for Stanozolol. 

The 32-year-old Santana is in his first year with the Twins after signing a four-year, $55 million contract in the offseason. He also has a $14 million team option for a fifth year.

Mike Pelfrey, who lost out on the competition for the fifth spot in the rotation, will avoid a bullpen assignment and take Santana's spot in the rotation. Reliever Aaron Thompson was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Santana's roster spot.

"I am very disappointed that I tested positive for a performance enhancing drug," Santana said in a statement. "I am frustrated that I can't pinpoint how the substance in question entered my body. I would never knowingly take anything illegal to enhance my performance. What I can guarantee is I never knowingly took anything illegal to enhance my performance. That's just not me, never has ben and never will."


Twins SP Ervin Santana suspended 80 games for PEDs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Major League Baseball announced Friday that Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana has been suspended 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, which is a performance-enhancing substance. 

“We were disappointed to learn of the suspension of Ervin Santana for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program," the Twins said in a statement Friday. "We fully support Major League Baseball’s policy and its efforts to eliminate performance enhancing substances from our game. Per the protocol outlined in the Joint Drug Program, the Minnesota Twins will not comment further on this matter.”


Twins' Ervin Santana tosses five one-hit innings Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Twins pticher Ervin Santana surrendered just one hit and one walk in five scoreless innings while striking out two in Thursday's 8-5 loss to the Red Sox.

"Ervin was pretty impressive tonight against a pretty good lineup," manager Paul Molitor said after the outing, per MLB.com. "They're a good fastball-hitting team and he was able to use all his pitches effectively."

Santana ends the spring with a 1.89 ERA and 11:3 K:BB ratio in 19 innings. He'll open the season against the Tigers in Detroit Wednesday.


Twins pitcher Ervin Santana getting stronger with changeup


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana has made a point this spring to improve his changeup. Santana worked in his pitch more Wednesday, despite giving up three runs on four hits.

"To me, this one was better than the last one," said Santana, who threw two scoreless frames last time out. "I threw less pitches and more innings, which is what you're looking for."

Santana knows he needs to have an effective offspeed pitch.

"I just have to keep practicing," Santana said. "As a starting pitcher, you need it. Either a changeup or a split or a cutter, you need that type of pitch."


Twins SP Ervin Santana dealt first spring loss Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Twins starting pitcher Ervin Santana was dealt his first spring loss Wednesday against the Orioles. Santana (2-1) allowed three runs on four hits in four innings during a 3-2 loss. He struck out three and issued no walks.

Santana threw a 1-2-3 first inning before running into trouble in the second inning. He allowed back-to-back singles before Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer. Delmon Young, who led off the inning with a single, was thrown out at second base trying to extend his hit to a double.

Santana then allowed another run in the third inning on Everth Cabrera's RBI groundout, which followed Dariel Alvarez's leadoff triple.

Santana finished his afternoon with a 1-2-3 fourth inning. He came into Wednesday's start having thrown four scoreless innings. His ERA now stands at 3.38.


Two shutout innings for Ervin Santana's Twins' debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Ervin Santana made his first spring training start for the Twins on Sunday. The righthander allowed two hits in two scoreless innings, striking out three.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press kept an unofficial pitch count, reporting that Santana threw 19 strikes in his 26 pitches. He threw first-pitch strikes to six of the eight batters he faced and induced six swing-and-miss strikes. 

 


Twins' Ervin Santana working with a four-pitch mix


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/24/2015) Twins pitcher Ervin Santana is working with a four-pitch mix now, according to MLB.com.

Santana has actually been using four pitches for a few seasons now, but said he feels more confident in his repertoire these days. "Now I have more confidence and more command of my changeup and my two-seam," he said. "I started doing that in Anaheim, but everyone just says I'm fastball-slider. So I'm like, 'All right. It's just fastball-slider. This is good.'" Santana said his ability to throw his changeup and two-seamer has caught some hitters off guard. 

Santana was able to throw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and said he was happy with the results. "Everything was coming pretty good. I was able to keep the ball down for the most part. I threw a couple sliders and a couple of changeups that were very good. So I was happy."

The 32-year-old posted a 3.95 ERA over 196 innings last year. 


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.