MLB News: Ervin Santana rejects qualifying offer from Braves

Ervin Santana has rejected a $15.3 million qualifying offer from the Atlanta Braves, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

At 5:00 PM Eastern Time, he will become a free agent and is open to the market. The Braves will, however, receive draft pick compensation when Santana inks a deal with a new club.

Santana, 31, enjoyed a fine season pitching for the Atlanta Braves in 2014. In 31 starts, Santana pitched to a record of 14-10, with a 3.95 ERA in 196.0 innings pitched.

Santana’s lofty contract demands and draft-pick compensation resulted in him signing relatively late in spring training last season, not allowing him to obtain the multi-year contract he was looking for.

However, after another quality season and in the prime of his career, Santana should have no problem drawing interest in the open market.

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