Ervin Santana SP MIN 3 Months

Santana has agreed to a four-year, $54 million contract with Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The Twins needed starting pitching and Santana's 8.2 K/9 rate from last season will be a welcome addition to a staff that has lacked velocity. He's also struggled by giving up more than a home run per nine innings in his career, so a move to Target Field can't hurt.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 4 Months

Santana will not accept the $15.3 million qualifying offer extended to him by the Braves, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.

Santana has elected to go the route of free agency after posting a 3.95 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 2014. He made the same move last season, but only ended up with a one-year, $14.1 million deal. The 31-year-old will take his chances again in free agency, though it's hard to see him receiving a long-term deal from anyone.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 4 Months

The Braves officially extended Santana a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer Monday.

For the second consecutive year, Santana has been extended a qualifying bid, and while his numbers regressed significantly in 2014 (3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP), he figures to again turn the offer down and take his chances on the open market. Santana earned $14.1 million with the Braves this past season, and while the added draft pick compensation that will be attached to him may make things tricky yet again, it seems likely some pitching-needy time will end up caving and giving him a multi-year deal.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 5 Months

Santana allowed four runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out five over 5.2 innings, but came away with a no-decision as the Braves downed Philadelphia 5-4 Friday night.

He finishes his season with 14 wins and a decent 3.95 ERA, but that has come with somewhat frustrating inconsistency, including a lackluster 4.81 ERA over his last 10 starts.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 5 Months

Santana largely struggled through five frames Sunday afternoon, allowing five earned runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four in a loss to the Mets.

Santana has been mostly underwhelming here in the last month of the regular season, as the veteran right-hander is now 1-3 with a lofty 6.55 ERA and 1.50 WHIP across four starts in September. Santana will look to reverse course and end his 2014 campaign on a high note Friday night in Philadelphia.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 6 Months

Santana lost Monday against the Nationals as he pitched six innings and allowed two runs, three hits and two walks to go along with six strikeouts.

Santana had allowed nine earned runs in his last two starts, so Monday was an improvement even though he suffered another loss. He has still had a fine season overall as he is 14-9 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.28 WHIP and 170 strikeouts.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 6 Months

Santana gave up six runs -- five of them earned -- on eight hits while walking four and striking out five through five innings in a loss to the Nationals on Tuesday.

Santana still owns an attractive 14-8 record after this one, despite the fact he's only grabbed one win in his last four starts. Perhaps somewhat alarming, however, is that he's walked four batters in two of his last three appearances, and has posted a 20:46 BB:K since his 11-K shutout gem against the Padres on July 28. Nonetheless, Santana will take on the very same Nationals in his next start Monday, this time at home.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 6 Months

Santana struck out four and picked up the win Wednesday against Philadelphia despite allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk.

The win is Santana's 14th of the season and while he hasn't been terrific for the Braves he's been quite solid for most of the season. He has 159 strikeouts on the year to go with a 3.61 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 6 Months

Santana turned in a solid performance Friday night, allowing one run on five hits while walking four and striking out seven over seven innings against the Marlins but was left with a no-decision.

He struggled with his command early, walking the bases loaded in the first inning, but settled down to log another quality start. He'll carry a nice 3.53 into his next start at home against Philadelphia.

Ervin Santana SP MIN 6 Months

Santana pitched seven innings Saturday and allowed one earned run and four hits while striking out seven in a loss to the Reds.

Santana pitched a quality game, but received no run support Saturday. Prior to Saturday's loss, Santana had won eight of his previous 10 starts and is having an excellent two month stretch. For the season, he has a 3.60 ERA and a 148:48 K:BB ratio.