11:16 AM EST, Sun January 22, 2017

Hector Santiago is important to the Twins, but what should they expect?

In a relatively quiet transaction heading into the weekend, the Twins made a pretty significant pitching decision. Hector Santiago, acquired in a mid-year trade for Ricky Nolasco, settled with the team on a one-year, $8 million deal for 2017. He pitched poorly immediately after the trade and had a 5.58 ERA with the Twins, though his final seven starts (3-2 with a 3.19 ERA) were much better. At that price and at age 29, the left-handed Santiago figures to be a good candidate to make the Twins’ starting rotation in 2017. If the group of five includes Ervin Santana, Phil Hughes, Kyle Gibson,...

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