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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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Which MLB free agents are hurt most by the qualifying offer?

Nov 4 2014 11:11am CST | Source: SBNation

Three players had to wait until the spring to sign with a new team last year, and two players didn't sign until June. Which players from this year's crop are wishing their teams didn't want them so badly? Everyone is getting used to this qualifying offer business. It started after 2012, and players roundly rejected the qualifying offer. "You think I'm going to turn down vast riche ...
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Hanley Ramirez, Nelson Cruz headline 12 players given qualifying offers

Nov 3 2014 9:36pm CST | Source: SBNation

Twelve players received qualifying offers Monday ahead of the start of MLB's free agency period. Twelve players received a qualifying offer prior to Monday's deadline, and they now have a week to accept the one-year, $15.3 million offer or test the free-agent market. Should these players reject the offer and sign with a new team, their former club will receive a draft pick following the first round of next sum ...
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Braves make qualifying offer to Ervin Santana

Nov 3 2014 5:25pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on Monday. Santana, who will turn 32 next month, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves. He was hastily signed during spring training to a $14.1 million, one-year deal after the Braves lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending injuries. Santana has until Nov. 10 to accept. If he signs with anot ...
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3 weeks ago

Braves make qualifying offer to Ervin Santana

Nov 3 2014 5:25pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on Monday. Santana, who will turn 32 next month, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves. He was hastily signed during spring training to a $14.1 million, one-year deal after the Braves lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending injuries. Santana has until Nov. 10 to accept. If he signs with another major league team before J ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 weeks ago

Braves make qualifying offer to Ervin Santana

Nov 3 2014 5:25pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on Monday. Santana, who will turn 32 next month, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves. He was hastily signed during spring training to a $14.1 million, one-year deal after the Braves lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending injuries. Santana has until Nov. 10 to accept. If he signs with another major league team before June 8, the Brave ...
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3 weeks ago

Braves make qualifying offer to Ervin Santana

Nov 3 2014 5:25pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on Monday. Santana, who will turn 32 next month, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves. He was hastily signed during spring training to a $14.1 million, one-year deal after the Braves lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending injuries. Santana has until Nov. 10 to accept. If he signs with another major league team before June 8, the Brave ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 weeks ago

Braves make qualifying offer to Ervin Santana

Nov 3 2014 5:25pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on Monday. Santana, who will turn 32 next month, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves. He was hastily signed during spring training to a $14.1 million, one-year deal after the Braves lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending injuries. Santana has until Nov. 10 to accept. If he signs with another major league team ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 weeks ago

Braves make qualifying offer to Ervin Santana

Nov 3 2014 5:25pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on Monday. Santana, who will turn 32 next month, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves. He was hastily signed during spring training to a $14.1 million, one-year deal after the Braves lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending injuries. Santana has until Nov. 10 to accept. If he signs with another major league team befo ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 weeks ago

Braves make qualifying offer to Ervin Santana

Nov 3 2014 5:25pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves made a $15.3 million qualifying offer to right-handed pitcher Ervin Santana on Monday. Santana, who will turn 32 next month, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 31 starts for the Braves. He was hastily signed during spring training to a $14.1 million, one-year deal after the Braves lost Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to season-ending injuries. Santana has until Nov. 10 to accept. If he signs with another major league team before June 8, the Br ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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3 weeks ago

Pirates Make Qualifying Offers To Martin, Liriano

Nov 3 2014 3:31pm CST | Source: MLB Trade Rumors

The Pirates have extended one-year, $15.3MM qualifying offers to both Russell Martin and Francisco Liriano, the team announced. Both moves have been expected to varying degrees. Martin was seen as the likelier candidate, but Liriano is coming off a pair of strong, albeit injury-shortened seasons, and figures to seek a more lucrative multi-year deal on the open market. Martin batted .290/.402/.430 for the Pirates this sea ...
Source: MLB Trade Rumors   Full article at: MLB Trade Rumors
 

 

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