Twins sign Ervin Santana for $54 million

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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.

This time around it’s a much different story, as Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that Santana has agreed to a four-year deal with the Twins worth around $54 million. That would be the largest free agent contract in Twins history, narrowly topping last year’s four-year, $49 million deal with Ricky Nolasco.

Santana actually had a better 2013 than 2014, but he still pitched well for Atlanta with a 3.95 ERA and 179/63 K/BB ratio at age 31. He had a 3.24 ERA for Kansas City in 2013 and prior to that Santana posted a 4.33 ERA in eight seasons with the Angels.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.