Danny Santana is a steal on the free agent market, if he had the season he had in 2019, in 2020, people would be discussing a multi year deal for around the range James McCann got just a few weeks ago. Santana’s 2019 slash line looked like, .283/.324/.534 with a .857 OPS, all easily career highs, and he finally got the opportunity to be entrusted with the full time playing duty, playing a career high 130 games, and somehow not being an All-Star. 2020 was a different story though, as the switch hitter from Monte Plata in the Dominican Republic, played only 15 games and struggled in those games, ending with a .511 OPS and putrid 39 OPS+. With such a limited amount of games, it is hard to take these 15 games to much to heart, especially because Santana had an outstanding season the year before, and with an rare non pitcher UCL injury it is understandable if he was attempting to play through an injury, and his production dropped, which for some reason the Rangers believed he should be non-tendered in return.
Another thing about Santana that should be appealing to teams, is he has the capability to play every position, some better than others, but he has not been utterly atrocious at any positions in his career, and has played all of them but pitcher and catcher. His best rated position on the diamond according to DRS and UZR is left field, followed by second base and then first. While the free agent tracker has him as a primary first baseman, it is truly realistic to see him open the season listed as an outfielder, and will all depend on what team signs him thinks of his defensive ability and their needs on the diamond.
Santana is a terrific pickup for a team in need of an All-Star caliber utility man, which I cant think of many who aren’t in the market for one of those.
These are the teams I believe are in contention for Santana: Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners, Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, Colorado Rockies
Final Landing Spot Prediction: Danny Santana signs a 2 yr/10 million deal with the Kansas City Royals
2021 Stat Line Prediction: .275/.322/.515 .837 OPS 23 HR 77 RBI