The Braves are buying right-hander Edgar Santana from the Pirates in alternate for money concerns, per Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Put up-Gazette (Twitter link). Pittsburgh designated Santana for project earlier this week.
Just a few years in the past, Santana seemed to have solidified himself as a dependable bullpen arm in Pittsburgh. In 84.1 innings between 2017-18, he managed a stable 3.31 ERA/3.77 SIERA. Santana didn’t miss many bats for a reliever (21.0% strikeout share), however he was fairly good at avoiding free passes (6.8% stroll price) and racked up floor balls at an honest 45.6% clip.
Sadly, Santana suffered a torn UCL and required Tommy John Surgical procedure in October 2018. The timing of the process value him your complete 2019 season. Santana was then hit with an 80-game PED suspension final June, protecting him out of motion for all of final 12 months’s abbreviated season. He stays sidelined for the primary 20 video games of the 2021 season as he finishes out that ban.
Practically three years faraway from his most up-to-date sport motion, it’s unclear whether or not Santana will be capable of recapture any of his former promise. He does nonetheless have a pair of minor-league choice years remaining, so he’ll give the Braves some further bullpen flexibility if the entrance workplace is sufficiently impressed together with his present kind to maintain him on the 40-man roster. Atlanta freed up a 40-man spot (and thinned out its righty bullpen depth) within the Orlando Arcia commerce earlier this week, so no corresponding transfer is important to accomodate Santana’s arrival.