Well, bad news is probably on the way from the Atlanta Braves camp. There were rumblings that if Kris Medlen was hurt badly, they would make a run at Ervin Santana. They definitely made a run at Santana, signing him to a one-year deal for 2014 that’s worth around the $14 million qualifying offer that he turned down from the Kansas City Royals.
The signing definitely helps the team at this time, seeing that the Braves are without two starting pitchers for the moment and Mike Minor is on the recovery trail from offseason surgery.
What Santana will bring to the Braves staff is provide them with a pitcher who can throw 200-plus innings in 2014 and hopefully win at least 10 games. He’s won 105 total games in his nine-year career with a career 4.19 ERA. However, he has had an ERA over 3.92 only once since the 2010 season.
Over his nine-year career, he’s tallied up a 15.7 WAR, averaging a mark of 1.74 per season. However, in that time, he has been worth 10 runs below the average pitcher and 0.3 wins below the average pitcher.
The problem with Santana is that nobody knows which Santana they are getting when he takes the mound. Is he going to be the guy who wins 16 games or the guy who goes 7-14? He’s been such a streaky pitcher over the course of his career that he has a label of being unreliable.
With the Santana signing, the Braves fans probably can assume the worst for Medlen. His MRI showed signs of damage to the ligament in his elbow, but the team is searching for a second opinion. Due to that, the team went out and signed a proven guy who will definitely go 200 innings for the team this season.