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Ervin Santana | Starting Pitcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/12/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 185
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Royals are focusing on Ervin Santana and Francisco Liriano as they seek rotation help.
The Royals have checked in with Jon Lester and James Shields, but their price tags are almost surely going to be too high. Liriano reportedly wants a 3-4 year deal worth at least $12 million annually, and Santana is probably seeking a similar pact. Heyman says Kansas City will also consider Brandon McCarthy, Edinson Volquez and Jason Hammel and will be keeping tabs on the trade market, as well. Nov 19 - 10:50 AM

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Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox scouted Ervin Santana "the whole year."

He adds that the club has yet to check in on the free agent right-hander, but it appears that he could be a fallback option if the Sox are unable to land one of the marquee free agent hurlers. Whoever signs Santana will have to forfeit a draft pick, as he turned down the Braves' qualifying offer Monday.
Nov 10 - 7:04 PM

Ervin Santana has turned down a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Braves.

Santana saw first-hand last winter what can happen when you are tied to draft pick compensation, but he's now prepared to try his luck again on the free agent market. The veteran right-hander posted a 3.95 ERA across 31 starts with the Braves this season and has been one of the game's most durable pitchers over the past few years. That will likely be his selling point. The Braves will receive a compensatory draft pick if he signs with another team.
Nov 10 - 5:05 PM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that the Royals will "take a look" at free agent Ervin Santana.

Santana is expected to reject a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Braves, which would once again tie his free agency to draft pick compensation. That killed his market last winter, and the penny-pinching Royals are probably thinking that he will once again come cheap. The right-hander had a tremendous year for Kansas City in 2013.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 10 - 9:04 AM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, "word is" Ervin Santana will reject the Braves' qualifying offer.

Santana did the same last year with a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Royals and then wasn't able to find an attractive multi-year contract on the open market. The qualifying offer for 2015 is one year, $15.3 million. It could be another long, frustrating winter for the right-handed starter, whose free agency would again be tied to draft pick compensation if he rejects the one-year, $15.3 million deal to return to the Braves.
Nov 4 - 4:02 PM

Braves extended a qualifying offer to RHP Ervin Santana.

Santana's agent has told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that his client would consider accepting the offer if it's indeed presented, so we'll see what happens. The righty seems likely to be able to net a long-term deal on the open market, but then again it seemed like he'd be able to land one last offseason, too.
Nov 3 - 3:23 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was told by Ervin Santana's agent that the pitcher would seriously consider accepting a qualifying offer from the Braves.

Santana might not want to mess around after failing to land a long-term deal when he turned down a qualifying offer last winter. However, this could also just be a ploy by his agent to get the Braves to reconsider the qualifying offer. Ultimately, the right-hander could still turn the offer down and again try to net a multi-year deal.
Nov 3 - 10:59 AM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that the Braves "are expected to make" a qualifying offer to impending free agent Ervin Santana.

The qualifying offer this winter will be one year, $15.3 million. Santana turned down a $14.1 million qualifying offer last winter from the Royals and then struggled to find a big contract on the open market, so he may accept this time around. The 31-year-old right-hander had an up and down 2014 for Atlanta, posting a 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 179/63 K/BB ratio in 196 total innings.
Oct 29 - 4:43 PM

Ervin Santana stumbled in the 6th inning, taking a no-decision after allowing four runs in 5 2/3 innings on Friday as the Braves fell to the Phillies.

Santana was humming along until the Phillies hung a three-spot in the sixth, all with two outs. Santana allowed two runs to score on four consecutive hits. The third came in on a wild pitch, tying the game at 4-4 at the time. Overall, the right-hander surrendered eight hits, walked two, and struck out five. Santana rounds out his regular season with a 14-10 record, a 3.95 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP, and a 179/63 K/BB ratio. Not nearly as good as he looked last year, but his numbers are in line with what he's done generally in recent years.
Sep 26 - 9:53 PM

Ervin Santana was lit up for five earned runs over five innings Sunday in a loss to the Mets.

Santana yielded six total hits, including two doubles and a Matt den Dekker home run. The right-hander has now dropped three straight decisions and the Braves continue to fall apart here in late September. Santana will take on the Phillies in his final start of 2014.
Sep 21 - 4:47 PM

Ervin Santana was given his eighth loss of the season after allowing six runs (five earned) in five innings against the Nationals on Tuesday.

Santana was taken for eight hits and four walks while striking out five in the effort. Most of the damage occurred immediately as the Nats pushed across four runs in the first inning. Santana has been maddeningly inconsistent for the Braves this season, at times appearing dominant and at other times appearing downright pedestrian. Now with a 3.76 ERA, the highest it's been since late July, Santana will try for better results when he faces the Nationals again on Monday, this time at home.
Sep 9 - 11:05 PM

Ervin Santana wasn't terribly sharp Wednesday but was good enough to win, giving up four runs over six frames in a 7-4 victory over the Phillies.

He yielded seven hits -- including a two-run homer -- while walking one and striking out four. Santana had thrown just 84 pitches through six frames, but he was in trouble for much of the day and Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez wisely pulled him. The veteran right-hander will bring a 3.61 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into Washington next week.
Sep 3 - 4:11 PM

Ervin Santana racked up seven strikeouts on Friday, but settled for a no-decision after allowing one run on five hits and four walks over his six frames against the Marlins.

Santana kept the Marlins at bay until an RBI double off the bat of Marcel Ozuna in the sixth inning. He departed with a2-1 lead, but the Braves bullpen was unable to keep him on the hook for the victory. Still 13-7 on the season, he’ll head into Wednesday’s start against the Phillies with a 3.53 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 155/52 K/BB ratio.
Aug 29 - 10:54 PM

Ervin Santana gave up just one run in seven innings but the Braves fell to the Reds on Saturday.

Santana got zero run support from the Atlanta offense and took his seventh loss of 2014 despite allowing only four hits and a walk over seven impressive innings. He struck out seven. The right-hander will hope for better luck next time out against the Marlins.
Aug 23 - 11:57 PM

Ervin Santana picked up his 13th win despite allowing three home runs in 5 1/3 innings in Monday's win against the Pirates.

Santana has certainly had better starts, but the Braves staked him to a 6-0 lead after the top of the first inning. He allowed two solo home runs to Starling Marte and one to Neil Walker. Overall, he allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four. Santana will take a 13-6 record and a 3.71 ERA into Saturday's start against the Reds in Cincinnati.
Aug 18 - 10:22 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2Gerald Laird
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Phil Gosselin
2Pedro Ciriaco
3Jose Peraza
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kyle Kubitza
LF1Evan Gattis
2Ryan Doumit
3Zoilo Almonte
CF1B.J. Upton
2Emilio Bonifacio
3Jose Constanza
RF1Justin Upton
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Brandon Beachy
6Kris Medlen
7Yean Carlos Gil
8Tyrell Jenkins
9Williams Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2David Carpenter
3Shae Simmons
4Anthony Varvaro
5James Russell
6David Hale
7Luis Avilan
8Juan Jaime
9Chasen Shreve
10Gus Schlosser
11Aaron Northcraft
12Arodys Vizcaino
13Ian Thomas
14Brandon Cunniff