SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Ervin Santana sweepstakes have come to a conclusion.
After being courted heavily by the Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays recently, Santana has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves, the club announced Wednesday. The deal is reportedly worth $14.1 million, the amount of the qualifying offer he rejected from the Kansas City Royals in the offseason.
The longer Santana remained unsigned this week -- especially after the Orioles and Blue Jays emerged as frontrunners over the weekend -- it appeared that the 31-year-old would eventually go to the Braves, who suddenly need rotation help after injuries to starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy.
The Orioles had discussions with Santana’s representation as recently as Tuesday afternoon, according to a source. But the Orioles never budged from their initial one-year offer of around $13 million, the source said.
Meanwhile, the Orioles will host the Philadelphia Phillies today at Ed Smith Stadium.
Veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett will start for the second time against the Orioles this spring. He allowed six runs and seven hits over three innings in his first outing in an eventual 15-4 win for the Orioles.
Here are the starting lineups: