Atlanta Braves Sign Pitcher Ervin Santana to One-Year Contract

The Atlanta Braves signed free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana to a one-year contract after losing starting pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to injuries.

Santana, 33, will make $14.1 million, ESPN reported, citing a person it didn’t identify. The Braves didn’t disclose financial terms in a statement.

Medlen, Atlanta’s planned opening-day starting pitcher, suffered an elbow injury March 9 against the New York Mets and will probably require surgery, the team said. Beachy, who has undergone two elbow operations, left a March 10 game against Philadelphia with bicep tightness.

“In light of what has happened over the last few days with our pitching staff, we thought it was incumbent on us to do everything we could to strengthen our starting pitching,” Braves General Manager Frank Wren said in a press conference at the team’s spring training site in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Santana went 9-10 with a 3.24 earned-run average in 32 starts for the Kansas City Royals last season. Over nine seasons, Santana has a 105-90 record with a 4.19 ERA in 265 starts. He has totaled at least 200 innings pitched in five of the last eight seasons.

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