Braves expected to make qualifying offer to Ervin Santana

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Ervin Santana had a rollercoaster ride of a 2014 season for the Braves, posting a 1.99 ERA in his first six starts and then a 6.44 ERA over his next six. He finished with a good-but-not-great 3.95 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, and 179/63 K/BB ratio in 196 total innings.

This presents a conundrum for Atlanta’s front office, which much decide by next Monday whether to offer the impending free agent a one-year, $15.3 million qualifying offer. David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that offer probably will be made …

The Braves haven’t revealed their intentions with either, but are expected to make a $15.3 million qualifying offer to Santana before Monday’s 5 p.m. deadline for teams to extend those uniform one-year offers to their top free agents. Making the offer guarantees a compensatory draft pick if a player declines and signs with another team.

Santana turned down a qualifying offer (worth one year, $14.1 million) last offseason from the Royals and then couldn’t find a multi-year contract to his liking on the open market, so he may consider accepting the thing this time around. The 31-year-old right-hander owns a 4.17 career ERA and 1.28 career WHIP in 1,882 2/3 innings.