Skip to main content

Reports: Twins pitching ace Ervin Santana clears trade waivers


Ervin Santana, the pitching standout in an otherwise underwhelming season for the Minnesota Twins, has cleared the major league trade waivers.

The Pioneer Press reports that the 33-year-old is now eligible to be traded with any club for the remainder of the season, as well as making their post-season rosters, provided a deal is struck by the end of Wednesday.

The newspaper's Twins reporter Mike Berardino says the Twins could look to offload his contract, with the right-hander still owed $28 million over the next two years, as well as still being owed $2.66 million this season.

In a troubled season for the Twins, Santana has excelled particularly following the post-season break. He has a 6-10 record with a 3.33 earned-run average, according to

In his past seven starts he has 3 wins, 2 losses and struck out 40 over 49 innings, with his ERA at just 2.39 even taking into account Saturday's defeat to the Blue Jays, during which he gave up six earned runs.

His time with the Twins started ignominiously, having to serve an 80-game ban for using PEDs.

In an interview with last month, interim Twins GM Rob Anthony didn't rule out the possibility of trading Santana, but did make it clear that it won't be a financial decision.

"He's our best starting pitcher right now. So I'm not in any hurry to move him," he said. "I'll listen if it makes sense. I've told everyone it's not a financial thing. Our owner told me we didn't need to shed payroll or anything. With a guy like that, he can [be] part of the solution for us as we try to get back on the right track.

"I don't think we're that far away, but I also know we have opportunities to improve this club, and I'd like to seize those opportunities."

ESPN reports that the Twins could also trade catcher Kurt Suzuki, as he cleared waivers earlier this month.

Next Up

Karl-Anthony Towns

KAT sets a franchise record, leaves early in loss to Wizards

Towns fell on his back in the final minutes of a loss in Washington.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man shot by police in Forest Lake dies from injuries

It was one of two police shootings in the Twin Cities on the same day, both of which proved fatal.

Dylan Bundy

Report: Twins agree to deal with Dylan Bundy

The Twins signed the right-hander with a lockout imminent.

Flickr - face masks covid pole - Ivan Radic

'Everyone should really be masking up' in public, Malcolm says

The health commissioner said residents have gotten "a little bit lax" with some protective measures.

Byron Buxton

Byron Buxton believes he's the best player in baseball

"Nobody [does] the things that I do. I know that."

unsplash medical marijuana

Edibles coming to Minnesota's medical marijuana program

MDH also announced it will not add anxiety as qualifying condition.

plow, snowplow, snow

Plowable snow possible this weekend in Minnesota

Up to half a foot of snow could fall within the heaviest band.

Best Buy - jjbers, Flickr

Police reveal new details about 'coordinated' Best Buy thefts

A large group stole thousands of dollars in merchandise from three Twin Cities Best Buy stores.

Seven Points exterior - 2

New tenant revealed for former Libertine spot in Uptown

The space will combine playful art offerings with a restaurant.

white Christmas

What are Minnesota's chances of a white Christmas this year?

The Twin Cities averages a white Christmas about 3 out of every 4 years.

ilhan omar press conference voicemail screengrab 11.30.21

'You will not live much longer b***': Rep. Omar shares threatening voicemail

Omar's office received the call hours after Rep. Boebert posted her video about the MN congresswoman.

Screen Shot 2021-12-01 at 11.24.09 AM

ESPN's 'Booger' makes fun of Wild fans' record cup snake

He's the same guy who thought the "Minneapolis Miracle" was bad for the Vikings.