With injuries hurting the Atlanta Braves rotation early this spring training, they decided to remedy the situation by going out and signing pitcher Ervin Santana to a one-year deal worth $14.1 million. This move was crucial for a team that had all the pieces in place in the lineup, but not in the starting rotation.
In fact, this move is so significant that the Braves should be able to seriously threaten for NL supremacy in October, especially once some of their pitchers recover from injury.
Currently, the Braves have four pitchers who are injured that could challenge for the starting rotation. Those players include Gavin Floyd, Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor and Kris Medlen. Adding Santana to the likes of those players along with emerging ace Julio Teheran solidifies an Atlanta roster that was already one of the best in baseball.
Since the lineup is figured out, and most key pieces are now locked up long-term, the Braves can focus on winning a pennant this season. The fact that this was a one-year deal says that the Braves feel they’re ready to push for a championship now and by signing Santana, they absolutely are. Before this deal, they were a distant third in the National League and now they’re right up there with the heavyweights.
Should other pitchers in the rotation return quickly from injury, the Braves will be one of the best teams in baseball. Their lineup is going to put runs on the board and as long as they have some healthy arms in the rotation, they’re going to win their fair share of ball games. In what has been a very busy offseason for Atlanta, this signing of Santana is the icing on the cake.