Ervin Santana signing the biggest free agent contract in Twins history at $55 million over four years and then getting suspended 80 games for a performance-enhancing drug before throwing a pitch was … well, let’s say less than ideal for Minnesota.
However, since returning from his suspension three weeks ago Santana has pitched very well for the Twins. He’s thrown scoreless ball in back-to-back starts, blanking the A’s for 7.2 innings last Friday and shutting out the Angels for eight innings yesterday.
Overall in four post-suspension starts Santana is 2-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 21/7 K/BB ratio in 27.2 innings while holding opponents to a .196 batting average. Of course, if he continues to pitch well and helps the Twins reach the playoffs after four straight 90-loss seasons Santana won’t be eligible to pitch in the postseason due to the new suspension rules.
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.