Atlanta Braves pitcher Ervin Santana will reject the team’s one-year $15.3 million qualifying offer.
Atlanta made the offer to Santana last week. Qualifying offers are based on the average of the top 125 contracts.
Eleven others, including Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Baltimore Orioles designated hitter Nelson Cruz, and Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer and first baseman-designated hitter Victor Martinez, have been given qualifying offers by their respective teams. None have accepted the offer. They have until Monday to do so.
The player’s former team would receive a draft pick as compensation at the end of the first round if a player rejects the qualifying offer and signs with another team before next June’s amateur draft.
Santana, 31, went 14-10 with a 3.95 ERA and 179 strikeouts for the Atlanta Braves this season. He made $14.1 million in 2014 after spending the 2013 season with the Kansas City Royals. He spent the first eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels.
- Scooby Axson