Milwaukee has called up Domingo Santana from Triple-A three weeks after acquiring the 22-year-old corner outfielder from Houston in the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade.
MLB.com ranked Santana as a top-100 prospect coming into the season and he’s improved his stock by hitting .333 with 18 homers and a 1.000 OPS in 95 games at Triple-A.
Santana strikes out a ton–108 times in 95 games this season, with similar rates throughout his pro career–and that may keep him from consistently posting solid batting averages in the majors, but he has 25-homer power.
Milwaukee has Ryan Braun entrenched in right field and 27-year-old Khris Davis plays every day in left field, so it’ll be interesting to see if the Brewers give Santana a look in center field to get his bat into the lineup.
The Chicago Cubs have signed reliever Jeremy Jeffress to a one-year, $850,000 deal.
While Jeffress is coming off a bad year — due mostly to hip and shoulder problems — this is a surprisingly low figure for Jeffress, who was said to have had a “sizable market” last September, with the Mets, Phillies, Reds, and Rays all rumored to be in on him. It’s also worth noting that he is just a year removed from an excellent 1.29 ERA season with the Brewers. He is reported to be eligible for $200,000 in incentives, which could bring this deal closer to what a reliever of his caliber’s going rate might be.
As for the Cubs, they haven’t been particularly active this offseason — indeed, this is their first free agent acquisition — but I suppose we should give them credit for buying low on a guy who should probably be able to help their bullpen.