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MLB: Braves Sign RHP Ervin Santana to 1-Year, $14.1 M Deal
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MLB: Braves Sign RHP Ervin Santana to 1-Year, $14.1 M Deal

Mar 12 2014, 10:44pm CDT | by

The Atlanta Braves signed right-handed starter Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract on March 12.

The Atlanta Braves signed right-handed starter Ervin Santana to a one-year deal on March 12.  This was confirmed by Mark Bowman of the Braves' official website:  "Less than 24 hours after Kris...

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MLB: Braves Sign RHP Ervin Santana to 1-Year, $14.1 M Deal

Mar 12 2014, 10:44pm CDT | by

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The Atlanta Braves signed right-handed starter Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract on March 12.

The Atlanta Braves signed right-handed starter Ervin Santana to a one-year deal on March 12. 

This was confirmed by Mark Bowman of the Braves' official website: 

"Less than 24 hours after Kris Medlen exited Sunday's start with what appears to be a season-ending elbow injury, it became apparent the Braves were at least evaluating the possibility of signing free agent Ervin Santana. 

"While Santana appeared to be a welcome addition to Atlanta's injury-depleted starting rotation, there was reason to wonder if the Braves would be willing to sacrifice a draft pick and exceed their budget enough to financially compete with the offers the veteran right-hander had reportedly received from the Blue Jays, Orioles and Twins. 

"All of those questions were answered in an authoritative manner on Wednesday, when the Braves replenished their rotation by signing Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract." 

Bowman stresses the Braves reached out to Santana only after Medlen and another starter, Brandon Beachy, went down with elbow injuries on consecutive days. Beachy's prognosis seems to be better than Medlen's at the moment

Atlanta making a move on Santana also came at a time when he was mulling offers from Baltimore and Toronto within the $13-$14 million range, per David O'Brien of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 

In a separate update , O'Brien quotes Santana, who said he's excited to be in Atlanta. 

"I'm very excited to be in this organization. Young talent. It's going to be a fun season for us.

"I don't know the National League, but I will adjust and do my job like I always do and go out every five days and do my work. It's going to be fun.

"Been working out every single day, throwing bullpens, and I'm basically almost ready to go. I just need to throw against hitters and in games." 

ESPN confirms it will be Santana's very first time to pitch in the National League in his 10-year major-league career

For his part, Braves general manager Frank Wren told O'Brien he and the rest of the organization are thrilled to have Santana on board. 

"It just worked out that he had not reached an agreement yet, and so once we had the injuries, we reached out to his agent...We're thrilled to have him, and we feel like he really gives us a big shot in the arm as far as the rotation's concerned.

"In light of what's happened over the past few days with our pitching staff, we thought it was incumbent on us to do everything we could to strengthen our starting pitching."

Atlanta CEO Terry McGuirk told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution the Braves are not rebuilding. Instead, they are going all out.  

"We're not in a rebuilding mode. We're in a winning mode. And we're standing in this clubhouse right now with a bunch of winners around us. We think that the time is now. We've always been willing to add to the payroll and add to the substance of this club.

"We have been in a rebuilding mode going with you, going back four or five years. But that youth has all arrived. If you were in our spot, you would do the same thing. It's the right time.

"Money is not the issue so much as, is it the right time to do it? We want to send a message to the guys in this clubhouse and our fans and our sponsors, to our organization, that we expect to win, we want to win. That was why."

Bowman reports the Braves' starting rotation for the regular season currently features Julio Teheran, Alex Wood, Freddy Garcia and David Hale. Santana and Mike Minor -- who experienced left-shoulder discomfort during spring training -- could join the quartet by April 12.

Gavin Floyd could also join the rotation in late April after he has fully recovered from Tommy John elbow surgery, per Bowman.

Santana's signing is the latest among a slew of transcations the Braves have made in the first quarter of 2014 to bolster their World Series title hopes.  

On Feb. 4, Atlanta agreed to terms with first baseman Freddie Freeman and right fielder Jason Heyward on an eight-year and two-year deal, respectively. Ten days later, Teheran followed suit via his own six-year conract. 

On Feb. 16, the Braves agreed to terms with ace closer Craig Kimbrel on a four-year deal and then drew up a seven-year contract for shortstop Andrelton Simmons four days afterward. 

Santana has posted a career win-loss record of 105-90 with a 4.19 ERA in 1,686.2 innings pitched since 2005, per ESPN stats . He previously took the mound for the Los Angeles Angels and Kansas City Royals

 
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Free-agent-to-be Jon Lester would be willing to re-sign with the Red Sox in the offseason even if they traded him in the coming week, Gordon Edes of ESPN Boston writes. “I mean, this is what I know, this is what I love,” says Lester. “Like I’ve said many times, this is where I want to be. If they trade me, I completely understand.” Edes notes that 17 or more teams watched Lester and the Red Sox face off against David Price and the Rays Friday nig ...
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Freeman’s home run helps Atlanta beat Miami

Jul 23 2014 9:33pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

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ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night. The victory pulled Atlanta within one game of first-place Washington in the NL East. Third-place Miami snapped a three-game winning streak to stay 8 1/2 games back. Freeman, an All-Star first baseman, broke out of a slump in the season series against the Marlins, ending a 2 for 44 stretch by ...
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4 days ago

Freeman’s home run helps Atlanta beat Miami

Jul 23 2014 9:33pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves
ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman isn’t sure why Miami’s pitching staff has been so hard for him to handle this year. "It’s just one of those things," he said. "I can’t explain it, you guys can’t explain it, nobody can explain it, but I was able to get a hit tonight." Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night. The vic ...
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4 days ago

Freeman’s home run helps Atlanta beat Miami

Jul 23 2014 9:33pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves
ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night. The victory pulled Atlanta within one game of first-place Washington in the NL East. Third-place Miami snapped a three-game winning streak to stay 8 1/2 games back. Freeman, an All-Star first baseman, broke out of a slump in the season series against the Marlins, ending a 2 for 44 stretch by hitting his 14th ...
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4 days ago

Freeman’s home run helps Atlanta beat Miami

Jul 23 2014 9:33pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves
ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night. The victory pulled Atlanta within one game of first-place Washington in the NL East. Third-place Miami snapped a three-game winning streak to stay 8 1/2 games back. Freeman, an All-Star first baseman, broke out of a slump in the season series against the Marlins, e ...
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4 days ago

Freeman’s home run helps Atlanta beat Miami

Jul 23 2014 9:33pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves
ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman isn’t sure why Miami’s pitching staff has been so hard for him to handle this year. "It’s just one of those things," he said. "I can’t explain it, you guys can’t explain it, nobody can explain it, but I was able to get a hit tonight." Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night. The victory pulled Atlanta within one game of fir ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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4 days ago

Freeman’s home run helps Atlanta beat Miami

Jul 23 2014 9:33pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins
ATLANTA — Nathan Eovaldi had dominated the Atlanta Braves in his last seven starts against them. That was hardly the case this time as Freddie Freeman broke a 2 for 44 season slump against the Marlins with a three-run homer that sent Miami to a 6-1 loss Wednesday night. "He’s always a threat up there regardless of how he’s been swinging," Eovaldi said. "He’s got the power and he just went down there and hit a good pitch. But after ...
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Freeman’s home run helps Atlanta beat Miami

Jul 23 2014 9:33pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves
ATLANTA — Freddie Freeman isn’t sure why Miami’s pitching staff has been so hard for him to handle this year. "It’s just one of those things," he said. "I can’t explain it, you guys can’t explain it, nobody can explain it, but I was able to get a hit tonight." Freeman hit a three-run homer, Ervin Santana won his second straight start and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Wednesday night. The victory pulled Atl ...
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4 days ago

Freeman’s home run helps Atlanta beat Miami

Jul 23 2014 9:33pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins
ATLANTA — Nathan Eovaldi had dominated the Atlanta Braves in his last seven starts against them. That was hardly the case this time as Freddie Freeman broke a 2 for 44 season slump against the Marlins with a three-run homer that sent Miami to a 6-1 loss Wednesday night. "He’s always a threat up there regardless of how he’s been swinging," Eovaldi said. "He’s got the power and he just went down th ...
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6 days ago

Anthopoulos has payroll flexibility in 2015

Jul 21 2014 8:38am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Texas Rangers v Toronto Blue Jays
It was before the Toronto Blue Jays’ home opener on April 4 and Alex Anthopoulos had just tap-danced around a report that several members of the team had agreed to defer salary in an abortive effort to sign free agent Ervin Santana. The Blue Jays general manager was pulled aside and asked whether that meant he wouldn’t be able to sign Colby Rasmus or Melky Cabrera to contracts before they became free agents at the end of the season. "Two different things," Anthopoulos respond ...
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