Twins Breakdown: Grading Offseason Acquisitions

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Sep 26, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Ervin Santana (30) pitches during the first inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Ervin Santana (4 years/$55 million)

After having to settle for a second one year deal in 2014 with Atlanta, Ervin Santana turned a strong season into a paycheck. Turning in nearly 200 innings, 179 strikeouts, and a 3.95 ERA got him paid by the Twins. Minnesota was interested a season ago in the right-hander, and now they finally land their man.

In Santana, the Twins get a quality top-end starter. With Phil Hughes preparing to be the ace of the staff, Santana slots in nicely behind him, and should be reliable every time out. Santana paired with Hughes, Nolasco, Gibson, and a 5th starter make for a quality rotation. The Twins have not had that much talent in five starters since they were consistently winning the AL Central.

A big contract, the biggest free agent deal handed out in Twins history to be exact, Santana looks to prove his worth. By all indicators, this is a very good get for the Twins.

Grade: A