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|Posted: Wed Mar 12th, 2014 06:33 pm||
|The Atlanta Braves, who have been ravaged by injuries to their starting rotation this spring, have agreed to a one-year contract with free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana.
The deal is worth approximately $14 million, a source told ESPN Deportes' Enrique Rojas. The Braves announced the deal Wednesday morning on their official Twitter account.
The Braves have agreed to terms with RHP Ervin Santana on a one-year Major League contract. Santana will wear uniform number 30.
- Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 12, 2014
Santana, 31, was widely considered the best remaining available pitcher on the open market and was linked to multiple teams over the past several weeks.
A nine-year veteran, Santana already had received one-year offers from the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays, along with a three-year offer from the Minnesota Twins, the source confirmed to Rojas.
Santana went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA in 32 starts last season with the Kansas City Royals, who would receive a first-round draft pick as compensation from whichever team the right-hander signs with.
Santana owns a 105-90 record with a 4.19 ERA over 268 career games with the Royals and Los Angeles Angels. The former All-Star should help stabilize an Atlanta rotation that could be without Kris Medlen, Mike Minor and Brandon Beachy for the start of the regular season.
Medlen has an injured elbow and will seek a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews, who performed Tommy John surgery on the right-hander's elbow in 2010.
Beachy, who has been limited to 18 starts over the past two seasons while battling elbow ailments, exited Monday's spring start because of tightness in his elbow/forearm area. Minor underwent urinary tract surgery Dec. 31 and is struggling with shoulder soreness.
Julio Teheran hasn't allowed a run all spring training after pitching four shutout innings against Philadelphia on Tuesday and is likely to be joined in the starting rotation by Alex Wood, who pitches Wednesday against Washington in a split-squad game.
Rookie David Hale was impressive during a call-up to the Braves in September, but he has struggled a bit this spring training.