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Santana solid gold

Originally Published: September 16, 2004
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Nothing has greater value in the major leagues than a young pitcher who hits it big in a hurry, as Johan Santana has done with the Twins. This is baseball's gold strike.

Santana is currently a runaway favorite for the Cy Young Award and probably will get some top-10 votes for the Most Valuable Player Award, and the Twins are paying him just $1.6 million; seven other Twins are paid more. Santana went 12-7 with a 3.03 ERA in 2003, for a mere $335,000.

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