The Red Sox Need to End the Danny Santana Experience and DFA the Veteran Utilityman


Why Haven’t the Boston Red Sox DFA’d Danny Santana Yet?

When the Red Sox signed utility player Danny Santana back in March, it was in hopes they could utilize his versatility to play all over the diamond.  Boston had already signed two other similar players in Enrique Hernandez and Marwin Gonzalez.

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The switch-hitting Santana decided to sign with the Red Sox after showcasing for teams in March.  He would agree to a one-year deal for $1.75 million with incentives to escalate the contract another $1 million.  Santana’s deal also included an opt-out if he wasn’t added to the majors by the end of April.

Santana ultimately joined the Red Sox following time rehabbing from a foot infection and spending time in the minors.  The Red Sox added the veteran to their roster back in May in time for a three-game series with the Phillies.

The 30-year-old Santana would hit a home run in the first two games with the Red Sox.  It looked like the Red Sox had found a lead-off hitter, on the cheap, while others like Hernandez and Gonzalez failed to execute in the top spot.

However, the narrative has shifted for Santana as he has struggled for over a month since joining the Red Sox.  In 23 games this season, he is hitting a putrid .123 with two home runs, four RBIs and .208 on-base percentage.

Which leads to the question as to why Santana still has a role on the major-league roster?

On Wednesday night, the Red Sox had their doors blown off by the Rays 8-2.  Santana was the leadoff hitter for the game and went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts.  The Red Sox cannot continue to play Santana on a regular basis, let alone lead off.

The Red Sox have viable options with the Worcester Red Sox between Michael Chavis, who was just recalled on Thursday due to Christian Arroyo landing on the injured list.  Boston could also finally look to add Jarren Duran to the big league club.

Duran has 13 home runs for the Worcester Red Sox this season and continues to feast on minor-league pitching.  Manager Alex Cora has stated that Duran will eventually help the Red Sox.  “He’s going to help us in the future,” Cora said.  “The thing is the future might be tomorrow or it might be in a month or two months or next year.”

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The Red Sox witnessed the Rays call up their best prospect in Wander Franco during their three-game stint in Tampa Bay.  Franco didn’t disappoint, crushing a home run in his first game, and is hitting .286 in his first two games.

Chief Baseball Officer Chaim Bloom needs to make a decision on Santana soon.  The organization has options within the system and players who could produce at a better clip than Santana.  Cora and Bloom have been patient with their players who have struggled, specifically Bobby Dalbec, who is finally showing life in his bat.  The slugging first baseman is hitting over .300 the last two weeks.

The Red Sox need to make a move here and DFA Santana.  He will likely refuse assignment to Worcester and become a free agent.  Duran is waiting in the wings for his chance and his time might be coming very soon.

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Boston Sports Syndicate: The Red Sox Need to End the Danny Santana Experience and DFA the Veteran Utilityman
The Red Sox Need to End the Danny Santana Experience and DFA the Veteran Utilityman
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