Source: Twins agree to sign Santana to four-year deal

SAN DIEGO — The Twins got their man on the last day of the Winter Meetings on Thursday, as they agreed to sign right-hander Ervin Santana to a four-year, $54 million deal, according to a Major League source.

The Twins met with Santana’s representatives in San Diego on Wednesday, and pushed hard over the last 24 hours to sign the right-hander. Santana helps bolster a rotation that finished with the worst ERA in the Majors for a second straight season. Santana is set to make $13.5 million per season over the next four years, according to a source. It’s a similar deal to the Twins signing Ricky Nolasco to a four-year, $49 million deal with an option last offseason.

Santana, 31, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts with the Braves last year. He struck out 179, walked 63 and gave up 16 homers in 196 innings.

It marked the fifth straight year Santana made at least 30 starts, but Santana missed reaching the 200-inning mark for just the second time over his last five seasons. He has a career 4.17 ERA with 1,507 strikeouts in 1,882 2/3 innings with the Angels, Royals and Braves.

The interest in Santana is nothing new for the Twins, who offered the right-hander a three-year, $33 million deal last offseason. But Santana ultimately spurned the Twins, opting to sign with the Braves on a one-year, $14.1 million deal to re-establish his value on the market.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger.

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