Boston Red Sox: Five outfield options to consider if Mookie Betts is traded
By Matt Clark
Domingo Santana represents another intriguing free agent option for the Red Sox to consider as a potential replacement to Mookie Betts in the event he is traded. Santana put himself on the radar in 2017 when he hit 30 home runs while driving in 84 runs, both career bests, with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Somewhat inexplicably, he would not receive much playing time the following year, appearing in just 85 games with the Brewers. He would be dealt to the Seattle Mariners before the start of the 2019 season.
Santana came out of the gates like a ball of fire for the Mariners last season. He would tally 18 home runs and 63 runs batted in before the All-Star break, batting .286. However, he looked completely lost in the second half of the season, hitting only three home runs with an abysmal six runs batted in and a .128 batting average in 94 at-bats.
Despite his inconsistency, the 27-year-old Santana has shown a significant upside at times. With the ability to hit for power and steal bases, the Red Sox could do worse than Santana. Given how few options remain on the open market, Santana could represent a player the Red Sox could sign and platoon with a left-handed bat to mitigate some of the holes in his game. He represents a fairly affordable option that is available for Boston.