MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins pitcher Johan Santana didn't need flowers or chocolate for Valentine's Day. He'd rather have the security that comes with a multi-year contract.
That's what the American League's reigning Cy Young Award winner received Monday when he and Minnesota agreed to a four-year contract that avoids arbitration. Terms of the deal were not revealed by the club, but the Associated Press reported it to be worth $40 million. It is still pending until Santana passes a physical scheduled for Monday afternoon.
Santana was 20-6 with an AL-leading 2.61 ERA in 2004, which included a dominating 13-0 record and 1.21 ERA after the All-Star break. He also led the league with 265 strikeouts and was unanimously elected as winner of the AL Cy Young Award.My analysis: OH, SHIT!