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Twins decline option on Ervin Santana

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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 16: Ervin Santana #54 of the Minnesota Twins delivers a pitch against the Detroit Tigers during the first inning of the game on August 16, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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The Minnesota Twins have declined their $14 million club option on Ervin Santana for 2019. He’ll receive a $1 million buyout and become a free agent.

Santana missed most of 2018 and when he did pitch -- in only five starts -- he gave up 22 earned runs in 24 and two-thirds innings. That certainly explains not wanting to pay him $14 million next year, though at a lower price there are likely a lot of teams that’ll want to take a chance on him given that he’s a year removed from a 16-8 season in which he pitched over 200 innings.

Add him to the free agent pitchers list.

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