Los Angeles Angels, Ervin Santana Agree to 4-Year Deal

Associated Press
Sunday, February 15, 2009

Right-hander Ervin Santana and the Los Angeles Angels agreed to a four-year, $30 million contract yesterday, a day after their scheduled arbitration hearing was postponed.

Santana's deal includes a $13 million club option for 2013 with a $1 million buyout. If the option is exercised, the agreement would be worth $42 million over five seasons.

The 26-year-old is the youngest active big league pitcher with at least 50 wins. He rebounded from a sub-par season in 2007 to go 16-7 with a 3.49 ERA for the AL West champion Angels last year.

· METS: Liván Hernández agreed to a minor league contract, giving New York another pitcher who could compete for the final rotation spot during spring training.

With the move, Mets General Manager Omar Minaya all but ruled out bringing back Pedro Martínez, a free agent coming off four injury-plagued seasons in New York.

· ORIOLES: It's a good thing spring training runs an extra week this year, because it might take that long for Manager Dave Trembley to learn the names of all his players.

The Orioles invited 67 players to their big league camp in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., including 37 pitchers.

The first workout for pitchers and catchers is scheduled for today, and the first full-squad session should take place Thursday.

· BRAVES: Still seeking a proven bat for the outfield, Atlanta is interested in acquiring Ken Griffey Jr.

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