Seattle Mariners have acquired outfielder Domingo Santana from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Ben Gamel and minor league right-hander Noah Zavolas.
The Mariners Major League, 40-man, roster remains at 38 players with today’s transactions.
“Santana was one of the most productive outfielders in baseball in 2017,” Dipoto said. “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.”
Santana, 26, hit .265 (56×211) with 21 runs, 14 doubles, 5 home runs and 20 RBI in 85 games with Milwaukee in 2018. He also appeared in 55 games with AAA Colorado Springs last season, hitting .283 (53×187) with 10 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 35 RBI, a .401 on-base percentage and a .487 slugging mark (.888 OPS).
In 2017, Santana appeared in 151 games with the Brewers and hit .278 with a .371 on-base percentage and a .505 slugging percentage (.875 OPS) to go along with 29 doubles, 30 home runs and 85 RBI. He was one of the most productive right fielders in the National League, ranking among the NL right fielder leaders in steals (15 / T1st), HR (T2nd), walks (73 / T2nd), on-base percentage (2nd), extra-base hits (57 / T2nd), RBI (3rd), hits (3rd), runs (3rd), batting average (3rd), and OPS (.873 / 3rd).
Santana was originally signed by Philadelphia as an international free agent in 2009 out of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He was traded to Houston in 2011 and made his MLB debut with the Astros in 2014, prior to being traded to Milwaukee in 2015. In parts of five big league campaigns (2014-2018), he is a career .261 (303×1159) hitter with 64 doubles, 1 triple, 54 home runs and 163 RBI in a combined 371 games. Santana has a career on-base mark of .349 and a career slugging percentage of .458 (807 OPS). The 6-foot-5, right-handed hitter has appeared at all three outfield positions in his Major League career.
Gamel, 26, hit .272 (70×257) with 14 doubles, 4 triples, 1 HR and 19 RBI in 101 games last season. He was acquired by Seattle from New York-AL in exchange for Jio Orozco (rhp) and Juan De Paula (rhp) on Aug. 31, 2016. In parts of three Major League seasons with the Yankees (2016) and Mariners (2016-2018), he is a career .269 (219×814) hitter with 13 home runs and 83 RBI in 268 career games.
Zavolas, 22, was selected by Seattle in the 18th round of the 2018 First Year Player Draft out of Harvard University. He pitched in 19 games, all in relief, for short-A Everett and high-A Modesto, posting a combined mark of 5-2, 3.03 (13 ER, 38.2 IP). He was 4-2, 3.38 (13 ER, 34.2 IP) in 16 games with Everett and was 1-0, 0.00 (0 ER, 4.0 IP) in 3 games with Modesto.