The Tampa Bay Rays will be in the market for a right-handed hitter with pop and Domingo Santana fits the bill. SoDO Mojo and Rays Colored Glasses discussed what a trade for the slugger could look like.
The Seattle Mariners will be a topic of discussion a good deal this offseason as they are reportedly listening to offers for their all-star outfielder Mitch Haniger and while the Tampa Bay Rays might show some interest in Haniger, the more realistic Mariners outfielder to be shipped to Tampa Bay is Domingo Santana.
The 27-year-old outfielder was on track for a monster 2019 season before missing time and struggling in the second half due to injury. Despite only appearing in 31 games after the all-star break and hitting .128, Santana finished the season hitting .253 with 21 bombs.
With Tommy Pham, Kevin Kiermaier, and Austin Meadows all slated to return next season, the Rays are in need of a fourth outfielder who can also DH. Santana can do both and could fill the void left by Avisail Garcia, who is now a free agent.
The Rays acquired someone similar to Santana at the trade deadline last season when they shipped Jake Faria to Milwaukee in exchange for first baseman, Jesus Aguilar. But, Aguilar didn’t exactly prove to be the power threat the Rays had hoped for and could be a candidate to be non-tendered prior to the Rule 5 Draft as the Rays attempt to clear roster space for a handful of coveted prospects.
Like Aguilar, who is under team control through the 2022 season, Santana is also under team control for multiple seasons. Santana will not reach free agency until after the 2021 season. Last season he made 1.95M in his first year of arbitration and is projected to make roughly 4.5M this season.
Santana, who hit 30 homers in 2017 and was on track to hit close to 40 this season could be worth every penny if he can return to his first half form.
Overall, Santana slashed .253/.329/.441 with a .770 OPS and a 108 OPS+. In the first half he slugged .496 with an OPS of .850.
So, what could a trade for the Mariners slugger look like?