Ervin Santana signed a four-year, $55 million contract with the Twins as a free agent this offseason and then got suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drugs before the end of spring training.
He’s eligible to return in early July and currently working out at the Twins’ extended spring training complex in Florida, with Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reporting that Santana will join the Triple-A Rochester roster for a start Saturday.
Santana is expected to throw around 90 pitches, so he’s pretty much fully stretched out with a couple weeks to go before the suspension ends. He’ll almost surely join the Twins’ rotation immediately.
Right now July 5 versus the Royals looks like the targeted return date for Santana, who pitched for Kansas City in 2013.
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.