The Twins have locked up left-handed starter Hector Santiago to a one-year, $8 million deal, according to Mike Berardino. Kyle Gibson also avoided arbitration, signing for $2.9 million, per the same report.
Santiago, at that amount of money, is probably a sure thing to begin the season in the starting rotation. He went 3-6 with a 5.58 ERA in 11 starts with Minnesota last season.
Santiago made $5 million in 2016 while splitting time with the Angels and Twins. He was traded to Minnesota for Alex Meyer and Ricky Nolasco.
Minnesota’s starting rotation is a bit of a mystery headed into spring training. But there’s no lack of contenders:
- Ervin Santana
- Phil Hughes
- Kyle Gibson
- Hector Santiago
- Tyler Duffey
- Jose Berrios
- Ryan Vogelsong
- Trevor May
Pitchers and catchers report to spring training Feb. 15.