ATLANTA -- Looking to add some versatility to their bench, the Braves acquired Danny Santana from the Twins in exchange for Minor League left-hander Kevin Chapman and cash considerations.Santana gives the Braves a switch-hitter who has the capability to play across both the infield and outfield. The 26-year-old utility player
ATLANTA -- Looking to add some versatility to their bench, the Braves acquired Danny Santana from the Twins in exchange for Minor League left-hander Kevin Chapman and cash considerations.
Santana gives the Braves a switch-hitter who has the capability to play across both the infield and outfield. The 26-year-old utility player totaled just 26 plate appearances in 13 games with the Twins this year. His speed and versatility should prove more valuable in the National League.
The Braves like the athletic potential possessed by Santana, who hit .319, hit seven home runs and collected 20 stolen bases for the Twins during his 2014 rookie season. His production has since waned; he has batted .225 and compiled a .568 OPS over the past three seasons.
Santana is expected to be with the Braves for Tuesday night's series opener in Houston.
As the early portion of this season has progressed, the Braves have been looking at ways to improve a bench that has produced a .216 batting average and .547 OPS over 57 pinch-hit at-bats this season. The bench production did improve slightly two weeks ago when Lane Adams replaced Chase d'Arnaud on the roster.
Adams recorded three hits in nine pinch-hit at-bats for Atlanta, but he was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett to create a roster spot for Santana. The Braves also transferred Micah Johnson to the 60-day disabled list to create room on their 40-man roster.
The Braves claimed Chapman off waivers from the Astros in early March and sent him outright to Triple-A Gwinnett, where he allowed 14 hits and 10 earned runs over 11 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old southpaw has made 58 big league appearances dating back to 2013, when he posted a 1.77 ERA over 20 1/3 innings for Houston.
Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.