The Chicago White Sox signed veteran starter, Ervin Santana to a minor league deal with an invite to spring training. If Santana makes the big league roster, he’ll earn $4.3 million. The two-time all-star has been solid throughout his 14-year MLB career. This was a low-risk deal for the White Sox as they try to improve their rotation. Santana was held to just five starts last season due to injuries, but he’s been reliable up until then.
If Santana can make Chicago’s roster, he’ll bring a 149-125 record along with a 4.06 career era with him. While last year’s injuries will be a concern, age shouldn’t be. At 34 years-old, Santana put up one of his best MLB seasons for the Twins. His 16-8 record and 3.28 era stood out in 2017, but that wasn’t his most impressive feats. Santana led the league with five complete games, with three of those being shutouts. Going into the later innings would be a big help for the White Sox. He also has a no-hitter under his belt that he achieved in 2011 against the Cleveland Indians.
The big question is if Santana can bounce back from 2018. I honestly believe he can. After sitting out 80 games in 2015 for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs, Santana came back strong in both 2017 and 2018. Durability isn’t a huge impact since Santana does a great job at getting outs on fewer pitches. Out of eleven career shutouts, Santana threw less than 100 pitches four times. That’s what makes Santana so tough. He has a very good command of his stuff and is consistent. Keeping batters guessing is the name of his game and it works out more times than it doesn’t. We’ll be watching Santana closely during spring training to see how his middle finger injury recovered. But if I was a betting man, I would go all in on Ervin Santana making the Chicago White Sox opening day roster.