The Red Sox signed Danny Santana today to a Minor League deal today with an invitation to Spring Training, which was first reported by Julian McWilliams of the Boston Globe. The base of the deal is $1.75M, with up to $1M in incentives. Since it’s a minor league deal, he will only earn that salary if he is with the big league club.

Santana, 30, has had an 7 Year Major League Career, starting in 2014. From 2014-2018 he spent time between the Twins and Braves. Slashing .256/.292/.375 with 13 home runs in the 5 year span, playing in 364 games. If you take away his rookie year in 2014 though, from 2015-2018 he slashed just .219./.256/.319 with 6 home runs in 263 games.

2019 was by far the switch hitter’s best year though. As he hit .283 with an OBP of .324, and a SLG% of .534 with 28 Home Runs. But 2020 would be a different story, as in 15 games he hit just .145 with 1 Home Run.

Danny Santana has a career .260/.299/.418 slashline, with 42 Home Runs in 509 Major League games.

Santana has played every position on the diamond except for pitcher and catcher, as clearly, as we’ve seen through multiple signings (Kike Hernandez & Marwin Gonzalez) Chaim Bloom and the Red Sox love versatility.

“I do believe all these guys: Franchy (Cordero), Hunter (Renfroe), Alex (Verdugo), Enrique (Hernandez) — when needed, they can play center field,” Manager Alex Cora said. “I won’t use Marwin in center. We’ll use him in the corners, in left and right, and in the infield.

“We’ve got capable athletes. Yeah, when you talk about (Mookie Betts) and Jackie (Bradley Jr.), yeah, they’re freak athletes. We’ve got a bunch of good athletes, too. It’s not like all of the sudden we became slow and not capable. We are capable and we have athletes.”

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