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Thursday
Mar132014

Ervin Santana Signs One-Year Contract with Braves

Jamie Squire/Getty Images(LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.) -- Starting pitcher Ervin Santana signed a one-year, $14.1 million contract with the Atlanta Braves Wednesday.

Santana provides depth to a pitching rotation that just lost Kris Medlen to what appears to be a season-ending elbow injury. The status of Brandon Beachy is currently unknown after leaving his start on Monday with biceps tightness around his twice-surgically repaired elbow. 

Pitcher Mike Minor may also miss time at the beginning of the season after experiencing shoulder soreness the first week of camp.

“It just worked out that he had not reached an agreement yet,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said of Santana, “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.”

The 31-year-old Santana pitched his first eight big league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels before being traded to the Kansas City Royals in October of 2012. He pitched 211 innings in 2013, compiling a 9-10 record with a 3.24 ERA, a 1.142 WHIP and 161 strikeouts.

Santana rejected a $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Royals, which means the Braves lose their first-round pick (No. 26) in the upcoming June amateur draft.

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