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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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Expect B.J. Upton trade talks to be revisited

Aug 26 2014 5:43pm CDT | Source: Yardbarker: MLB

The Braves’ B.J. Upton-Edwin Jackson talks from a month ago with the Cubs are still getting a lot of play nationally. When this happens, it’s usually because someone from one or both teams continues to leak info in order keep the story to alive for one or more reasons: To show the fan base they’re trying, for example. Or as a last-ditch effort to light a fire under a particular player. Well, in the case of Upton-Jackson, the ...
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Leake, Reds beat Braves to end seven-game skid

Aug 23 2014 11:07pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and boosted Cincinnati’s struggling offence by hitting a double and scoring the only run as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Saturday night. Leake (10-11) gave up a pair of hits and walked three, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Jumbo Diaz got Tommy La Stella to hit into a forceout. Aroldis Chapman, who pitched two i ...
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5 days ago

Leake, Reds beat Braves to end seven-game skid

Aug 23 2014 11:07pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mike Leake gave the Reds’ struggling offence the only run it would need. The right-hander pitched into the seventh inning and boosted Cincinnati’s struggling offence by hitting a double and scoring as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Saturday night. Leake (10-11) gave up a pair of hits and walked three, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Jumbo Diaz got Tommy La Stella to hit into a force ...
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5 days ago

Leake, Reds beat Braves to end seven-game skid

Aug 23 2014 11:07pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and boosted Cincinnati’s struggling offence by hitting a double and scoring the only run as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Saturday night. Leake (10-11) gave up a pair of hits and walked three, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Jumbo Diaz got Tommy La Stella to hit into a forceout. Aroldis Ch ...
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5 days ago

Leake, Reds beat Braves to end seven-game skid

Aug 23 2014 11:07pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mike Leake gave the Reds’ struggling offence the only run it would need. The right-hander pitched into the seventh inning and boosted Cincinnati’s struggling offence by hitting a double and scoring as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Saturday night. Leake (10-11) gave up a pair of hits and walked three, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Jumbo Diaz got Tommy La Stella to hi ...
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5 days ago

Leake, Reds beat Braves to end seven-game skid

Aug 23 2014 11:07pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mike Leake gave the Reds’ struggling offence the only run it would need. The right-hander pitched into the seventh inning and boosted Cincinnati’s struggling offence by hitting a double and scoring as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Saturday night. Leake (10-11) gave up a pair of hits and walked three, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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5 days ago

Leake, Reds beat Braves to end seven-game skid

Aug 23 2014 11:07pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and boosted Cincinnati’s struggling offence by hitting a double and scoring the only run as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Saturday night. Leake (10-11) gave up a pair of hits and walked three, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Jumbo Diaz got Tommy La Stella to hit into a forceout. Aroldis Chapma ...
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5 days ago

Leake, Reds beat Braves to end seven-game skid

Aug 23 2014 11:07pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

CINCINNATI, Ohio — Mike Leake pitched into the seventh inning and boosted Cincinnati’s struggling offence by hitting a double and scoring the only run as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak by beating the Atlanta Braves 1-0 Saturday night. Leake (10-11) gave up a pair of hits and walked three, leaving with the bases loaded and two outs in the seventh. Jumbo Diaz got Tommy La Stella to hit in ...
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1 week ago

MLB news: Jason Vargas leads Royals to win, Nats' bullpen woes continue, Reds activate Brandon Phillips

Aug 19 2014 6:30am CDT | Source: SBNation

Jason Vargas was stellar again, helping the Royals extend their lead atop the AL Central. The Nationals topped the D-backs, but their bullpen coughed up another late lead, while the Reds activated Brandon Phillips from the DL. When the Kansas City Royals signed Jason Vargas to a four-year contract this past offseason, the news didn't generate much buzz around the baseball world. Many observers felt Vargas would be an inadequate replace ...
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1 week ago

Braves win fourth straight in rout of Pirates

Aug 18 2014 9:26pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

PITTSBURGH — Jason Heyward and Andrelton Simmons homered to begin a six-run first inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the sliding Pittsburgh Pirates 7-3 on Monday night for their fourth consecutive victory. The early outburst was enough for Ervin Santana, who allowed three solo homers among nine hits in 5 1-3 innings. Santana (13-6) improved to 8-1 over his past 10 starts. Pittsburgh has lost six in a row. Starling Marte went deep ...
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