Add another trade to Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto’s log.
Seattle finalized a deal Friday afternoon with Milwaukee for 26-year-old outfielder Domingo Santana. The trade sends outfielder Ben Gamel and right-handed prospect Noah Zavolas to the Brewers.
It is the eighth trade Dipoto has made this offseason, and it’s not even Christmas.
Santana brings the right-handed hitting outfielder that Dipoto outlined as a priority when he spoke to reporters at MLB’s winter meetings last week. The Dominican Republic native batted .265/.328/.412 in 85 games in 2018 but was sandwiched in a Brewers outfield that also included Lorenzo Cain, Ryan Braun and National League MVP Christian Yelich
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In 2017, when Santana played in 151 games as a 24-year-old, he hit .278/.371/.505 with 30 home runs and 29 doubles.
“Santana was one of the most productive outfielders in baseball in 2017,” Dipoto said in a press release. “He did not have the same opportunities last year, but his age and power bat from the right side make him a very good fit for our club moving forward.”
Gamel, who is also 26 and bats left-handed, broke out with the Mariners last season and this year hit .272/.358/.370. Santana brings considerably more power potential, though. Gamel has hit 13 home runs in 268 career big-league games, including his time with the Yankees before the Mariners acquired him for minor league pitchers Jio Orozco and Juan De Paula.
Gamel’s brother, Mat, was drafted by the Brewers in the fourth round in 2005.
Zavolas was the Mariners’ 18th round pick this past June out of Harvard. He appeared in 16 games with short-season Single-A Everett and had a 3.38 ERA in 34 2/3 innings of relief.
Santana enters a Mariners outfielder that already includes two others acquired in trades — Mallex Smith from the Rays and Jay Bruce from the Mets — as well as All-Star Mitch Haniger.
The players traded off the Mariners’ 25-man roster so far this offseason include Mike Zunino, James Paxton, Alex Colome, Edwin Diaz, Robinson Cano, Jean Segura, James Pazos, Juan NIcasio and Gamel. First baseman Carlos Santana was acquired in the Jean Segura deal before he was traded to the Indians 10 days later for Edwin Encarnacion.
And Nelson Cruz, Denard Span and others are free agents and aren’t expected to be signed back for next season.