Braves Sign Ervin Santana

Ervin Santana now has a home, and her name is Atlanta.

The Atlanta Braves have officially announced the singing of Ervin Santana to a one year contract, and introduced him at their spring training complex.


Ervin Santana will reportedly earn $14.1MM (the exact amount that he turned down from a qualifying offer from Kansas City earlier this offseason), and will wear the number 30. The signing costs the Braves the number 26 pick in the draft, now moving their first round pick to 32nd (compensation for the departing Brian McCann).

The news is an obvious knee jerk reaction to injuries to both Kris Medlen (who says he will need a second Tommy John surgery) and Brandon Beachy, and is notable for putting the Braves at a payroll of $115.25MM (via our own Alan Carpenter), their highest payroll ever (via Cots Baseball Contracts).

Frank Wren had this to say about the signing:


After a dominant year in Kansas City, Santana was sure to land a major contract, but being tied to draft pick compensation soon hurt his stock, and afterwards caused a major representation shakeup. Santana soon set his sights on signing a one year deal with a team in hopes to try again next offseason. He was reportedly weighing similar offers from both the Toronto Blue Jays and the Baltimore Orioles.

For Ervin Santana, it’s an interesting move, given that the Braves are sure to be a major contender, and likely will ride the year out with him, instead of potentially trading him midseason, making a qualifying offer impossible to make. Of course, another good year in the National League and a potential World Series run may be the exposure he needs to sign a big deal next offseason.

Santana is slated to throw his first bullpen session today, and will throw at least one live batting practice before his first game, and is slated to be ready by mid April.

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  • fireboss

    I’d be really interested in whether Santana turned down almost the same offer from the Orioles because of the Grant Balfour, Tyler Colvin thing. I understand not choosing Toronto as the money is effectively worth less when playing in Canada and of course they haven’t shown the ability recently to stay in the pennant chase. The question now is does he get the ball opening day and what else is there in his contract that persuaded him to come to ATL.

    • Brandon_Woodworth

      He likely won’t be ready for opening day, more like the same time as Minor. And the Braves just seem to be one of those organizations you want to play for. Also the whole National League and pitchers park thing gives him another good shot at getting a big deal next year.

    • Benjamin Chase

      It sounds like he’s been working well during the offseason, so his ramp up to be ready for the rotation shouldn’t take long. The Orioles health thing ran through my head as well, though I think there was a lot of noise (and with Santana more directly involved in the process now, that could have more bearing) about how both Baltimore and Toronto were terrible fits for his skillset. Tristan Cockcroft had a very interesting stat on the ESPN Fantasy Baseball podcast about how in his entire career, Santana has struggled with any ballpark over a certain amount of distance from his home park. In KC, none of the MLB parks met that criteria, in Atlanta, only the NL West parks would meet it out of the NL, but in Baltimore or Toronto, there were many more AL teams that met the distance criteria from both points that weren’t just in the West division. Needless to say, that’s as likely to be a coincidence than a correlation anyway, but it was fun listening.