2. Domingo Santana
I like Domingo Santana… a lot. But facts are facts and as stated in the previous two slides, the Mariners need to clear some space in their outfield. And the fact that Santana may have been dealt in July if not for an elbow injury means that the Mariners have already had conversations with some teams.
Santana is an above-average hitter who can run a little. But his defense in 2019 was some of the worst I’ve ever seen. It was really bad. Like, Raul Ibanez in his 40’s bad. And for a team that wants OF defense to be a priority, Santana isn’t a fit.
But Santana can hit, of this, there is little doubt. A move to first base could be in his future and the guy just turned 27 in August, so he has age on his side. But with just 2-years of club control remaining, he was never a great fit in the timeline the Mariners put out.
Trading Santana won’t net the team a future star, but may perhaps land them a steady bullpen arm and a prospect who could help them in 2 years. Something along the lines of Adam Cimber and Lenny Torres from the Indians.
Teams that could be interested in Santana include the Indians, Angels, Athletics, Reds, Tigers, and Royals.