The real question is; how much is he worth? Would and, more importantly, could the Twins pay him $20+ million for five years or more?
He’ll only be 29 when next season ends, I say pay him and pay him big – whatever it takes. That means Torii Hunter is gone after this season and Joe Nathan will likely have to go to sometime in the not-to-distant future. Then there’s also Justin Morneau, can they pay him too?
Santana is a once-in-a-generation pitcher; you can’t let him go during the prime of his career. Giving him fair market value for his services for the next 5-7 seasons will greatly help the Twins ability to field a contending team and will ensure the two-time Cy Young winner is wearing a Twins cap on his Hall of Fame plaque.