Minnesota never spends big on free agents or gives up draft picks to sign anyone, but LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Twins are interested in free agent Ervin Santana.
Santana turned down a qualifying offer for the second straight offseason. Last year that led to him signing a one-year deal with the Braves, but this time around he’s apparently pretty confident about getting multi-year offers and in fact is said to be looking for a five-year deal.
Santana actually had a better year in 2013 for Kansas City, but was still solid for Atlanta with a 3.95 ERA and 179/63 K/BB ratio in 196 innings at age 31.
Right now the largest free agent contract in the history of the Minnesota Twins is four years and $49 million to Ricky Nolasco last offseason.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.