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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Help has arrived: Braves sign Ervin Santana

  • 8:38 am Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
Ervin Santana, Atlanta Brave. (Kevin Halip/Getty Images)

Well, that didn’t take long. On Sunday, Kris Medlen walked off the mound in Port St. Lucie, holding his forearm. On Monday, Brandon Beachy left a game in Clearwater two innings ahead of schedule, citing biceps tightness. On Tuesday, general manager Frank Wren announced that Medlen’s MRI disclosed “involvement in the (elbow) ligament.”

At 8:20 a.m. Wednesday, the Atlanta Braves announced they’d signed Ervin Santana, the best free-agent pitcher available, to a one-year contract.

A rotation that was facing the real possibility of having three of its top four starters open the season on the disabled list has now been [More]

Will B.J. Upton lead the league in rebounding?

  • 12:38 pm Friday, January 17th, 2014 by Mark Bradley
B.J. Upton

You might recall Dan Szymborski, with whom we spoke in October on the matter of Brian McCann’s future worth. Szymborski, who works for ESPN, is the man to call on the matter of projecting a baseball player’s season. His ZiPS system is considered an industry standard, and not just among the sabermetric set — big-league teams employ similar algorithms. Which bring us — rough segue here — to B.J. Upton of your Atlanta Braves.

Szymborski thinks the elder Upton brother will be less awful in 2014 than in 2013. (Granted, it would be impossible to be more awful.) He [More]