LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Braves chairman and also CEO Terry McGuirk did not waver when staff president John Schuerholz called Monday to request that the golf clubs payroll be expanded plenty of to account for the sudden need to pursue free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana.
Cognizant that the Kris Medlen had suffered what looks like its a season-ending elbow injury below 24 hours earlier, McGuirk provided his approval and then talked having pride on Wednesday a . m . when the Braves replenished their injury-depleted commencing rotation by signing Santana to a one-year, $14.1 million contract.
Were not in a very rebuilding mode, were in the winning mode, McGuirk said. Were standing around right now in this club house with a bunch of winners all-around us. We think the time is now. We have now always been willing to add to the pay-roll and the substance of this club.
McGuirk flew from Atlanta for the Orlando area early Friday morning to be part of the uplifted setting that was created when the Santana deciding upon was announced.
This had been a hard week for the Braves, who saw elbow ailments force Medlen and also Brandon Beachy to prematurely exit their own respective starts less than A day apart. But the addition of Santana seemed to rejuvenate the spirits of the defending National League East champions.
The Braves payroll was required to rest somewhere between $95-100 million by the point the season concluded. Santanas signing implies the club will spend someplace north of $107 million throughout payroll costs this year.
Given the talent the club features returning from last seasons 96-win season, McGuirk viewed the sudden and significant payroll increase as both necessary and also justified.
Its the right time,In McGuirk said. Money was not the issue much as, Is it the right time and energy to do it? We want to post a message to the guys on this clubhouse, our fans along with our sponsors and the whole organization that we expect to earn.