The Atlanta Braves are being forced to consider a deal for Ervin Santana after suffering injuries to key players, reports CBS Sports.
Both Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy have injury concerns hanging over the heads, leaving the Braves looking thin in their rotation. With only Freddy Garcia and Gavin Floyd as fall-backs, things could go very wrong, very quickly for the Braves.
That is why they are now being reported as serious players in the race for the free agent starting pitcher Santana.
Reports suggest that the Braves had initially turned down the chance to talk to Santana before seeing Beachy leave a start after two innings because of tightness in his bicep.
But the Braves could be held back by their budget with Santana's $14m, one-year demands unlikely to fit within their limits.
The Blue Jays and the Orioles retain a strong interest in Santana as well and that interest could drive up the price even further.
It all depends on how desperate are to get a more reliable starter in their roster. If they're really determined they could probably get their man.
Santana had a decent 2013 finishing with figures of 211 IP, 3.24 ERA, 127 ERA+ and a 3.16 K/BB ratio.