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Twins send Nolasco, Meyer to Angels in swap for Santiago

August 1, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have acquired starting pitcher Hector Santiago a minor leaguer from the Los Angeles Angels for right-handers Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer and cash.

The deal was done Monday before the non-waiver deadline. Santiago, an All-Star last season, is 10-4 with a 4.25 ERA in 22 starts while making $5 million this year and eligible for free agency after the 2017 season. The Angels also sent Double-A reliever Alan Busenitz to the Twins.

The 33-year-old Nolasco went 15-22 with a 5.44 ERA for the Twins since signing before the 2014 season a $49 million, four-year contract. Meyer was acquired prior to the 2013 season from Washington for center fielder Denard Span.

Earlier in the day, the Twins traded left-handed reliever Fernando Abad to Boston for minor league pitcher Pat Light.

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