The Braves lost starting pitchers Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachey to injury. They responded within days by signing free-agent RHP Ervin Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million deal.
“They’re a very successful, winning franchise,” David Wright told reporters after learning of Atlanta’s recent acquisition. “To act right away and be able to get a talent like that makes them similarly strong. It’s a nice move. Like I said, they’re a very, very good organization. Moves like this just back that up.”
Sandy Alderson said Atlanta’s approach to their rotation will not be a factor in how he approaches the Mets.
“No. 1, it was a one-year deal,” he said, when asked if their situation was similar to his situation at shortstop (Record, Mar. 13). “No. 2, Atlanta has had more than one loss from their starting rotation. I don’t think it has any significant bearing on us. … I’m not interpreting it in terms of our situation. I don’t know that we have a ‘situation’ here.”
The Braves are expected to begin the season with a payroll around $95 million. They won 96 games last season.
The Mets are expected to begin the season with a payroll around $85 million. The Las Vegas Hilton Superbook sets the under-over on Mets wins at 73.5.
“We have a very good front office, a very intelligent front office, and I trust them to make those decisions,” Wright said. “I’m here to play third base, not be the deciding factor of who we sign or don’t sign. There has to be a separation of powers.”