The rebuilding Seattle Mariners continue to reshape their roster by acquiring outfielder Domingo Santana from the Milwaukee Brewers. The Mariners sent outfielder Ben Gamel and minor-league pitcher Noah Zavalos in exchange.
This move makes sense for both teams, considering the fact that Seattle got a right-handed batter that will boost their lineup while Milwaukee will benefit from Gamel’s versatility.
Domingo Santana had a great run in 2017, when he had 30 homers and 85 RBIs, but saw his playing time plummeting in 2018 with Milwaukee, since he spent the majority of the season on the bench, playing only 85 games. This also reflected poorly on his stats, since he had a batting average of .265 with five home runs and 20 RBIs.
“Santana was one of the most productive outfielders in baseball in 2017,” – said Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto in a statement. “He did not have the same opportunities last year, but his age and power bat from the right side make him a very good fit for our club moving forward.“
Ben Gamel also didn’t have the best season in 2018, playing in 101 games but only starting 69 of them. He batted .272 with one home run and 19 RBIs.
“During his young career, Ben has proven that he can hit at the major league level. His left-handed bat and outfield versatility also provide solid fits for our roster,” – said Milwaukee general manager David Stearns in a statement.
Brewers also consider Noah Zavalos as a great addition, especially since they were interested in getting him in 2018 amateur draft before Seattle swooped in and took him 18th overall.