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Twins, Blue Jays Discussing Ervin Santana Trade

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Several pitchers could be coming back to the Twins if the deal is finalized.

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According to Jon Morosi, the Twins and Blue Jays are having talks centered around starting pitcher Ervin Santana. After a rough start to the season, Santana has a 3.66 ERA overall in 20 starts while averaging roughly six innings per start. Though his strikeout rate is down (a below-average 17.2 percent), he’s excelled at getting weak contact and staving off home runs, which have been an issue at times during his career.

As for who could come back to the Twins, it’s currently unknown but Mike Berardino has some speculation for us. Thanks to an unnamed scout, starting pitcher Drew Hutchison could be involved, a guy that has seen action in four different seasons with the Blue Jays. Turning 26 years old in three weeks, his best season was in 2014 when he made 32 starts with a 4.48 ERA, though he showed the ability to rack up strikeouts. Last season was more of a struggle as Hutchison gave up more hits and watched his strikeout rate drop, and this season has been spent mainly in Triple-A though he does have a 3.26 ERA in over 100 innings.

Additionally, that same scout also named minor league pitchers Sean Reid-Foley, Jon Harris, and Conner Greene as options for the Twins. Reid-Foley is a 20-year old starting pitcher that is currently dominating his second go-round of High-A with a low- to mid-90s fastball, along with a slider and change-up. Harris is 22 years old and was recently promoted to High-A, where he also features a fastball that can hit the mid-90s while also throwing a curveball that projects to be above-average. Finally, Greene is currently at Double-A and can throw in the mid-90s, but his numbers aren’t quite as impressive in spite of his stuff and probably profiles more as a reliever than a starting pitcher.