Santana was acquired by Atlanta from Minnesota in exchange for relief pitcher Kevin Chapman on Monday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Santana was designated for assignment after posting just a .200/.231/.360 mark over 13 games for the Twins, disappointingly similar to his .240/.279/.326 performance over 75 games last season. He is a versatile defender, though, capable of playing all outfield positions as well as shortstop and second base. Santana is unlikely to be a major part of Atlanta's future, but he can at least eat up some plate appearances and defensive innings while the club rebuilds.
Santana was designated for assignment by the Twins on Friday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Santana was ousted to clear room on the roster for Ehire Adrianza (oblique), who was activated from the disabled list Friday. The 26-year-old only registered 25 at-bats before being DFA'd, slashing .200/.231/.360 with one homer and one stolen base. He could draw some interest on waivers; otherwise he'll likely head to Triple-A Rochester.
Santana went 1-for-3 and scored his first run of the season during Saturday's win over the White Sox. Santana has only received 14 plate appearances over six games, so his virtual value is extremely limited. Additionally, after posting a respectable rookie campaign in 2014, Santana owns a .225/.258/.304 slash line with a .246 wOBA over 539 plate appearances since. Aim higher in most fantasy settings.
Santana has made Minnesota's final 25-man roster as a utility player, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Santana may not have made the 25-man roster if not for an injury to Ehire Adrianza. Santana will offer stolen-base potential even in a limited role, but he could lose his roster spot when Adrianza is ready to return from a oblique injury.
Santana started at second base and went 2-for-6 in Sunday's win over Boston. He's hitting .275 (11-for-40) with a home run this spring. Santana has been getting playing time at second base this spring as the Twins work to increase his versatility. He's trying to make the 25-man roster as a utility player, but he may lose out to Ehire Adrianza since the Twins may like a better fielder in the role.
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