1. Ervin Santana, Twins
How much longer can the Twins continue to shock the baseball world? If the Twins should start declining, Ervin Santana would be No. 1 on my list of trade candidates to pursue.
With the Memorial Day milestone here, it’s clear the Indians rotation is not even close to be as good as many expected.
Corey Kluber’s hurt. Danny Salazar hasn’t been consistenly good since July of 2016 and is headed to the bullpen. Josh Tomlin and Trevor Bauer are consistently inconsistent.
The Indians need stability, and they need it fast.
The 34-year-old Santana is 7-2 with an incredibly low 1.80 ERA. He’s making $13.5 million and is under contract through 2019.
He’s making a lot of money, but the Indians should have some money to throw around. Remember, the organization was more active in trying to sign free agent Jose Bautista then a lot of people gave them credit for, and this was after they had already locked up Edwin Encarnacion.
Santana’s a big reason for the Twins success. If the Twins start to fail, there’s a chance he could start to fail, too.
But even if the Twins slip a little behind the Tribe in the Central, Minnesota could be aggressive in trying to find a trade partner for Santana just because the market is expected to be flooded with starting pitchers, according to FanRagSports.com’s Jon Heyman.