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Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony acknowledged the team’s interest in Ervin Santana after he signed with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday, but added those talks were “very exploratory.”

“We did our due diligence,” Antony said. “We had some interest. We talked to his agent. I think what they were looking at and were looking for was different from what we were thinking.”

Santana signed a one-year, $14.1 million deal with the Braves after they lost starter Kris Medlen to an elbow injury on Monday. The Twins were interested in a three-year deal for a reported $30 million to $33 million, but Santana preferred a one-year deal.

“We’re trying to build something here,” Antony said. “We weren’t necessarily looking for a one-year guy. The Braves are in a different situation than we are. A one-year deal makes some sense for some clubs. I don’t think it made sense for us.”