Updated: Braves sign Santana to a one-year deal

Ervin Santana has signed a one-year contract with the Braves.  The veteran hurler will be introduced during a press conference that is set to begin around 8:30 a.m. ET.

The Braves gained interest in Santana when Kris Medlen exited Sunday’s Grapefruit League start with a potential season-ending elbow injury.  That interest increased on Monday when Brandon Beachy exited his start because of tightness around his right elbow and biceps muscle.

Santana rejuvenated his career last year as he went 9-10 with a 3.24 ERA for the Royals.  The 31-year-old right-hander had drawn interest from the Orioles, Blue Jays and Twins earlier this week.

Santana’s addition gives the Braves reason to feel better about their suddenly injury-decimated rotation.  Without him, Atlanta would have entered the season with a rotation that consisted of Julio Teheran, Freddy Garcia, Alex Wood and David Hale.

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