Domingo Santana New York Gothams

Age: 28 (August 05, 1992) | 6' 5" | 220lbs. | Bats: Right OF-23 LF-9 RF-16 PH-33
Tm Lg YEAR G AB R H BB SO 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BA OBP SLG BB% SO% BABIP G/L/F % $4x4 $5x5
MIL A 2016 8 23 4 4 4 5 0 0 1 3 0 0 .174 .321 .304 14 18 .176 n/a
MIL AA 2016 3 6 2 2 4 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 .333 .600 .833 40 10 .250 n/a
MIL AAA 2016 3 9 5 5 5 3 2 0 0 5 0 0 .556 .714 .778 36 21 .833 n/a
MIL NL 2016 77 246 34 63 32 91 14 0 11 32 2 3 .256 .345 .447 11 32 .359 44/30/26 8 8
MIL NL 2017 151 525 88 146 73 178 29 0 30 85 15 4 .278 .371 .505 12 29 .362 45/27/28 29 27
MIL AAA 2018 55 187 30 53 36 75 10 2 8 35 2 0 .283 .401 .487 16 33 .425 n/a
MIL NL 2018 85 211 21 56 20 77 14 1 5 20 1 1 .265 .328 .412 9 33 .386 49/23/28 5 5
SEA AL 2019 121 451 63 114 50 164 20 1 21 69 8 3 .253 .329 .441 10 32 .347 43/27/31 17 16
CLE AL 2020 24 70 6 11 13 25 3 0 2 12 0 0 .157 .298 .286 15 30 .209 60/18/22 -0 0
Career 7yrs 516 1680 233 428 209 612 87 2 77 244 30 12 .255 .341 .446 11 32 .350 n/a
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Phil Ponebshek Texpope

"MLB will always lose some aging foreign-born players wanting to return home; if they are starting to lose mid-career sluggers with down years as well,"

Isn't this kind of the plot of the 1992 movie "Mr. Baseball"?

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jan 29

I suspect the problem with Santana is that it wasn't just a bad year ... he fell off a cliff mid season 2019, posting a .551 OPS from July on ... which is why he had to take over a 30% pay cut to sign with Cleveland last winter (pre-Covid). 

I don't think it's a matter of the FA market being "unhealthy", as much as MLB teams increasingly relying on analysts who look at a Santana and say "the guy has almost 2000 career PAs, he's 28, he's a defensive liability, and he has a career total 3.3 WAR.  Why have him plugging up our developmental chain?"

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jan 29

Robert Arthur today at The Athletic:

... This year alone, two of MLB’s top 100 (free agents) will have signed with NPB: along with the 11th-ranked Tanaka, 89th-ranked Domingo Santana will be the other one. Santana has no apparent connections to the country. While there are legitimate concerns about Santana, projections did peg him as at or slightly above replacement level with a recent history of being a decent hitter. Especially if the DH does come to both leagues, plenty of teams might regret not taking a flier on Santana. MLB will always lose some aging foreign-born players wanting to return home; if they are starting to lose mid-career sluggers with down years as well, the free agent market may be even less healthy than it appears.

Alex Patton Alex
Jan 29
Fangraphs: EV 85.5 HardHit 33% HR/FB 20% LD%+ 83 Pull 51% Cent 27% Oppo 22%
Alex Patton Alex
Dec 16 '20