Since I know most of you are avid readers of Rayscoloredglasses.com, then I assume you are aware of our push for a Domingo Santana trade. Thank you for patronage and continued readership, we appreciate it. It is what motivates us to get up every morning and tell our kids to shut their mouths while we write about the Tampa Bay Rays…someday they’ll appreciate this…
Wait..just a minute…
Sorry, had to tell the kids to just pick some clothes, it’s Florida. Cold isn’t really that cold, I don’t care if it matches, wear something and go to school so I can focus on the Rays!
Back to Santana. Domingo Santana broke out in 2017 with the Brewers. He posted 30 homers, 88 Runs, 85 RBI, 29 doubles, a .505 SLG, and 15 steals. Those are some serious tools at work. The breakout looked more like an anomaly after the following season. In 2018, Santana followed his breakout up with only 211 at-bats and five homers.
He was traded to the Mariners prior to 2019 and showed he still had the bat. He slugged .441 with 21 homers and 69 RBI. Santana was slowed by injuries in the second half of last season, but his first half was spectacular. Prior to the All-Star break, Santana had 18 homers and 63 RBI while slashing .286/.354/.496.
He played only 31 games in the second half and hit three homers with a .128 AVG. Even with the fairly impressive numbers for his season total, it was mostly in one half of baseball. One thing he has proven in his career, when given an opportunity to play, he produces at an All-Star level.
Now the Mariners have parted ways with him, Santana should fit right in as a major player for a contender. If you look at the torrid pace he was on last season, he could be a difference maker for a playoff team. He fits the needs of the Rays to a “T.”
Do you think any of these guys would be an important piece in another postseason run? Let us know who you like, who we missed, or any other comments you have!