Minnesota Magic: Twins Sign Free Agent Pitcher Ervin Santana

Following single-year stints with the Kansas City Royals and Atlanta Braves, Ervin Santana may finally have the chance to settle in and enjoy a city for more than a season after agreeing to a four-year, $55 million deal with the Minnesota Twins Thursday.

Ervin Santana

Ervin Santana

Santana, who turns 32 tomorrow, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA for the Braves in 2014. He was with Atlanta on a one-year, $14 million deal, following a strong 2013 season in Kansas City.

For the Twins, Santana adds stability and a veteran presence to a starting rotation headed by Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco.

Santana’s new contract with Minnesota includes a conditional option for the 2019 season that would bring the length to five years. In order to qualify for that option, Santana would have to pitch 200 innings.

Through ten major league seasons, Santana has one All-Star selection to his name. He was selected to the Midsummer Classic in 2008 as a member of the Los Angeles Angels, and finished that season 16-7 with a 3.24 ERA and 214 strikeouts.