Saturday, February 14, 2009

Angels, Santana agree to 4-year deal

The Los Angeles Angels have signed Ervin Santana to a 4-year, $30 million contract today. There is an option for a 5th-year at $13 million.

The Angels avoid arbitration over the next 3 years as well as 1 year (2 with the option) of free agency.
"We felt comfortable with Ervin's ability to win games, be a good teammate and represent the club in a very positive way," General Manager Tony Reagins said. "This provides stability for his family and provides us with a quality pitcher who has a tremendous upside. . . . And we don't think we've seen the best of him yet."
Santana made the American League All-Star team last year and finished the season with a 16-7 record. He finished 11th in the A.L. with an ERA of 3.49. He had 214 strikeouts in 219 innings, which are both career bests for the 26 year old.

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