After bouncing around with the Royals and Braves over the last two seasons, Ervin Santana has reached an agreement on a contract with the Minnesota Twins.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Santana Signs a 4-Year Contract
Yahoo’s Jeff Passan first reported the deal is worth $54 million over four years.
According to Pro Hardball Talk:
Last offseason Ervin Santana had so much trouble securing a multi-year contract after turning down a qualifying offer that he settled for a one-year, $14.1 million deal with the Braves.
2. Santana is From the Dominican Republic
He signed with the Anaheim Angels as an amateur free agent in 2000. Other notable Dominicans who debuted in 2005 include: Edinson Volquez, Hanley Ramirez, Francisco Liriano, Edwin Encarnacion, Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano.
3. Santana Will Turn 32 Tomorrow
He was born on December 12, 1982, so this contract comes as an early birthday gift to him.
4. Santana Has Pitched 10 Seasons for the Angels, Royals and Braves
He made his major league debut on May 17, 2005.
5. His Career Record is 119-100 with a 4.17 ERA
Santana has averaged 14 wins per season. He has won 16 games in a season twice (2006 and 2008) and won 17 games in a season once (2010). In 2008, Santana was an American League All-Star.
On July 27, 2011, Santana pitched a no-hitter in a 3-1 win over the Texas Rangers.