Twins acquire Santiago and Busenitz from Angels in Exchange for Nolasco and Meyer

The Minnesota Twins announced today that they have acquired left-handed pitcher Hector Santiago and right-handed pitcher Alan Busenitz from the Angels in exchange for right-handed pitchers Ricky Nolasco and Alex Meyer, and cash.

Santiago, 28, is 10-4, 4.25 ERA (120.2 IP, 57 ER) with 57 walks and 107 strikeouts in 22 starts for the Angels this season. Santiago has a career record of 33-32, 3.68 ERA (653.1 IP, 267 ER) with 294 walks and 595 strikeouts in 163 career appearances (105 starts) with the White Sox (2011-13) and Angels (2014-16). Santiago will join the Twins in Cleveland.

Busenitz, 25, is a combined 0-2, 3.55 ERA (45.2 IP, 18 ER) with 10 walks and 45 strikeouts in 34 appearances with Double-A Arkansas and Triple-A Salt Lake. The Watkinsville, GA native has a career minor league record of 10-16, 3.55 ERA (253.2 IP, 100 ER) with 67 walks and 216 strikeouts in 141 appearances (8 starts) from 2013-16. He was originally drafted by the Angels in the 25th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Kennesaw State University. Busenitz will report to Double-A Chattanooga.

Nolasco, 33, made 21 starts for the Twins this season, going 4-8, 5.13 ERA (124.2 IP, 71 ER), 29 walks and 93 strikeouts. Nolasco has a career record of 104-97, 4.58 ERA (1633.2 IP, 832 ER) with 387 walks and 1,319 strikeouts. He played two-plus seasons with the Twins going 15-22, 5.44 ERA (321.0 IP, 194 ER) with 81 walks and 243 strikeouts from 2014-16.

Meyer, 26, is 1-1, 1.04 ERA (17.1 IP, 2 ER) with four walks and 19 strikeouts in three appearances (2 starts) for Triple-A Rochester this season. Additionally, he has made two appearances (1 start) for the Twins this season. The right-hander has a career minor league record of 26-22, 3.40 ERA (447.0 IP, 169 ER).