The Atlanta Braves have acquired veteran free agent right-handed starter, Ervin Santana, to shore up their injury-depleted rotation. Santana was signed to a one year contract and will wear number 30.
With starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy‘s futures in doubt due to arm problems, this is a huge acquisition for the Braves. Along with Julio Teheran and Mike Minor, the Braves will have enough firepower in the rotation as they head into the season.
Santana pitched 211 innings last season for the Royals, striking out 161 and walking 51, in 211 innings. Santana tied for fourth in the American league with 23 “quality starts” and was eight in the AL with a 1.14 WHIP last season.
The 33-year old Santana owns a 105-90 record in nine major league seasons. He was originally signed by the Angels and pitched for them his first eight years in the majors. Santana was an All-Star in 2008 and tossed a no-hitter against the Indians on July 27, 2011.
If there is a question mark about Santana, it is that he has not pitched in the National League in his career. Hopefully he won’t have to “adjust” to the new league a la B.J. Upton.