Ervin Over James, The Twins May Have Done Better

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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 (32, $13.75 average annual value, 10 seasons)

The Twins locked down Santana to be a key cog in their rotation for at least the next four seasons. He has pitched over or near 200 innings every season since 2010, and he has made a career of consistently being dependable. Not a huge strikeout guy, he has held his own in compiling around 160 strikeouts a year for the majority of his career.

After skipping on him last season due to the loss of a draft pick, the Twins watched as Santana signed a one-year deal with the Braves. Once he hit the market again this season, Minnesota in a different position, made the move for a long-term deal. The $55 million contract ranks fourth amongst those handed out to starting pitchers this offseason.

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