Pitcher Ervin Santana will receive a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Braves, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. As a result, the Braves will either get Santana back for one more year or receive draft pick compensation if he chooses to sign elsewhere.
Santana was hurt by being attached to draft pick compensation, going unsigned until mid-March, when the Braves signed the right-hander after pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy each suffered an injury.
Santana, who turns 32 in December, finished with a 3.95 ERA and a 179/63 K/BB ratio in 196 innings for the Braves this past season. Though he struggled at times, he was able to bring his strikeout rate up to 22 percent, his highest rate since 2008 with the Angels.
Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.
Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.
After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.