The Braves announced on Monday that the club acquired utilityman Danny Santana from the Twins on Monday in exchange for pitcher Kevin Chapman.
Santana, 26, was designated for assignment by the Twins on Friday after hitting .200 in his first 25 at-bats of the season. He’s a career .266/.300/.381 hitter with most of his playing time coming at center field and shortstop. Santana has also played both outfield corners as well as second and third base.
Chapman, 29, didn’t make the Braves’ roster out of spring training. At Triple-A Gwinnett, he gave up 10 runs on 14 hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts in 11 2/3 innings of relief.
Another big free agent domino has fallen at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is signing with the Angels on seven-year, $245 million contract, per Jon Heyman.
Rendon, 29, was the top free agent position player. He’s coming off of a season in which he helped the Nationals win their first championship, batting .319/.412/.598 with a league-high 126 RBI and an NL-best 44 doubles along with 34 home runs and 117 runs scored in 646 plate appearances. Rendon also continued to play solid defense at third base. During the postseason, Rendon hit .328/.412/.590 with seven doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 75 trips to the plate.
The Angels badly needed to make a big free agent splash this offseason, and third base was as good a place as any to do it. Rendon will now slot easily into the middle of the Angels’ lineup along with Mike Trout. It remains to be seen if the Angels are done making moves, but they could use a corner outfielder and another starting pitcher.
Humorously, Rendon has said he’d like to retire by age 35, as Jesse Daugherty of the Washington Post alluded to on the Nationals Talk Podcast. This contract will take him through his age-36 season.