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 $55 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) December 11, 2014
For the Twins, the need for pitching was clear, as they try to get out of the cellar in the AL Central for the next few seasons. After signing Ricky Nolasco and Phil Hughes to multi-year contracts a season ago, the Twins have signed another good, not elite, starter in Santana, who is becoming known for eating innings. In the last two seasons, Santana has thrown over 400 innings. Santana aimed for a multi-year payday last offseason, but teams likely offered less, as he ended up signing a one-year deal with Atlanta. While in Atlanta, Santana’s era ended up 3.95. For the Twins, this was the last major starter for them to realistically sign, as many starters have been signed or traded for in the last 10 hours.
The Twins and White Sox have a few things in common. They both have averaged 94 losses the last two seasons, as pointed out by Twincites.com, and both teams feel the need to upgrade several positions. While the Sox stole headlines early this week by trading for Jeff Samardzija and signing David Robertson, the Twins have waited until today to make their impact move of the offseason, not to underestimate the signing of Torii Hunter as well.