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Twins trade rumors: Ervin Santana clears waivers

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The Minnesota starter could be dealt before the deadline.

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Minnesota starter Ervin Santana cleared waivers and can be dealt to any interested club before the end of the month, according to Mike Berardino of The Pioneer Press.

While Santana would likely be an upgrade to any contending club’s starting rotation, the Twins might have to include cash in a deal given his current contract. Santana is making $13.5 million this season and is due the same amount the next two seasons.

Santana is having his best season since 2013, posting a 3.33 ERA and 3.64 FIP over 140.2 innings with the Twins. Since the All-Star break, Santana has pitched to an ERA under two.

Following his suspension for PED use last season, Santana has proven to be a consistent starting option. He’s pitched to a career 4.10 ERA but hasn’t posted an ERA over four since 2012.

Minnesota enters play Saturday 31 games under five-hundred and currently rebuilding after making changes within its front office.