The Mariners have acquired their first baseman / designated hit Carlos Santana and cash from the Royals in exchange for right-handers Wyatt Mills and William Fleming, according to a team announcement. The trade paves the way for the royals to take a belated look at the top prospect Vinnie Pasquantino, whose contract is formally selected from Triple-A Omaha, according to the team. Right-handed Ronald Bolanos has been named on a mission to open a spot on Kansas City’s 40-man roster.
Monday’s trade concludes the book about a generally subversive period in Kansas City for Santana, who signed a two-year contract of 17.5 MM ahead of the 2021 season, but who has not yet rounded off the form that made him such a valuable contributor in years in Cleveland. The 36-year-old wrestler collected 871 record appearances with the Royals and posted just a .215 / .326 / .341 strike line – about 12% worse than the league average by weight for park and league, measured on wRC +.
Santana, however, managed to turn things around in recent weeks, and have shown enough this month that the Royals can take a cheap look now that they suddenly need a first baseman. For France, Seattle’s most consistent striker this season, recently ended up on the injury list and expects to be out a good bit longer than the 10-day minimum, given the diagnosis a grade 2 flexion load. Santana should not be expected to fully replace France’s brilliant .316 / .390 / .476 battle line, but he has managed a .298 / .405 / .468 output even during his last 27 appearances and 111 record appearances.
In all likelihood, the Royals will pay the vast majority of what remains on Santana’s contract. He still owes the balance of this year’s $ 10.5 million salary (about $ 5.8 million), and that number will increase based on record appearances. Santana, who already has 212 record appearances this season, will earn an additional $ 75K for every 25th record appearance from 300 to 525.
This is not the first time the Mariners have acquired Santana, but every time he goes on the field in a Mariners jersey, it will be his first actual match with the team. Seattle actually bought Santana together JP Crawford in the agreement that sent Jean Segura, Juan Nicasio and James Pazos to the Phillies back in December 2018. Not two weeks later, however, Santana was switched to Cleveland in the three-team switch that led to Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle. Encarnacion spent half a season gutting as the Mariners’ designated hit before being turned over to the Yankees for court. Juan da.
This time it will be a pair of right-handers going to Kansas City in exchange for the last three plus months of control of Santana. Of the two relevant rights, only Mills has experience from the major leagues so far. The 27-year-old has pitched a total of 21 1/3 photos over the past two seasons, but struggled with a 7.59 ERA with worse strikeout and times than the average at the time (17.3% and 10.2% respectively). ).
Mills, No. 93 overall in 2017, has more interesting but also inconsistent numbers in the upper small. He found as many as 44.7% of opponents through 28 2/3 rounds of Triple-A ball last year, for example, but that rate has been halved so far in 2022 during 19 2/3 rounds. There is no change in speed between his campaigns in ’21 and ’22, although Mills threw several quick balls at the expense of some pushing during this year’s small selection of 8 2/3 major league rounds. The 6’4-inch tall man has never ranked as one of the Mariners’ very best prospects, but Baseball America has listed him among Seattle’s 25 best farmers all the way back to the time he was drafted.
Fleming, meanwhile, is a 23-year-old right-hand man selected by the Mariners in the 11th round just one year ago. He has generally not been considered one of the Mariners ‘best prospects either – although FanGraphs’ Eric Longenhagen found him number 28 earlier this year – and has posted quite a number of pedestrian numbers in Class-A Modesto despite being a former college arm. which is older than average. opponent at that level. So far, Fleming has thrown 67 2/3 laps over 14 starts and logged a 4.92 ERA with a 20.7% stretch rate against an 8.4% walk rate.
More to come.