On the same day that longtime Boston centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. signed a deal with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Red Sox had their own MLB breaking news, as they bolstered their depth by signing veteran Danny Santana to a Minor League contract, per Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe. This is a low-risk move for Boston which has a good deal of potential.
MLB Breaking News: What Can Santana Offer?
Danny Santana has had a very peculiar MLB career. He began with the Twins in 2014 and recorded an excellent rookie season, hitting .319 in 101 games. In the years that followed, Santana bounced around the league playing in Toronto, Atlanta, and finally Texas but never reached the same level of success until 2019. Somewhat out of nowhere, Santana raked in 2019. From 2014-2018, Santana hit a combined 17 home runs, but in the 2019 season, he hit 28 home runs to go along with 81 RBI. It has yet to be seen if Santana can replicate those numbers going forward. His 2020 season was ended just 15 games in when Santana required surgery similar to Tommy John on his right elbow.
Outside of just his offensive numbers, Danny Santana provides teams with defensive versatility. Throughout his career, Santana has spent time at every position other than pitcher and catcher. Utility men who can play multiple positions seem to be highly attractive to Red Sox Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom, who has now signed three players that can field both infield and outfield positions.
MLB Breaking News: How Santana Fits in Boston
As of now, Danny Santana is just signed to a minor league deal, although he received an invite to spring training. While he may start in Triple-A, Santana will likely earn a roster spot. For the outfield, Boston already has Franchy Cordero, Alex Verdugo, and Hunter Renfroe as potential starters with utility men Marwin Gonzalez and Kiké Hernandez providing depth. The MLB breaking news of Santana’s signing gives the Red Sox yet another option for outfield depth.
Santana can also help in the infield which already features Xander Bogaerts, Rafael Devers, and Bobby Dalbec with players such as Michael Chavis, Gonzalez, and Hernandez in support. If nothing else, the MLB breaking news of Boston signing Danny Santana can provide the team with a power bat who can pinch hit off for any position off of the bench late in games. Going into the 2021 season, the Boston Red Sox now have a good deal more depth than in their previous season and are could be in a position to make a playoff push.
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