Carlos Santana traded to the Mariners

Carlos Santana traded to the Mariners

Seattle Mariners President of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the Mariners acquired INF Carlos Santana and cash consideration from the Kansas City Royals in exchange for RHP Wyatt Mills and RHP La Minor League William Fleming.

The 40-player Major League Mariners remain at 39 players.

Santana, 36, has played 52 games for the Kansas City Royals this season. During the month of June, he is at bat, .357 (20×56) with 8 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 11 RBIs and 13 walks, while getting on base at a .478 clip and hitting .554 (1.032 OPS). Overall this season, he is cutting .216/.349/.341 with 4 home runs and 21 RBIs, while appearing defensively at first base (42 G) and designated hitter (10 G).

Santana had previously been acquired by Seattle along with JP Crawford from Philadelphia in exchange for Jean Segura (nf), Juan Nicasio (rhp) and James Pazos (lhp) on December 3, 2018, but he did not appear in a game for the Mariners . . He was traded by Seattle 10 days later on December 13, 2018, as part of a 3-team deal with Cleveland and Tampa Bay.

A native of the Dominican Republic, Santana was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Los Angeles Dodgers in August 2004 before being traded to Cleveland in July 2008. In 1,705 Major League games with the Guardians ( 2010–17, 2019–20) and Phillies (2018) and Royals (2021-22), Santana hit .244 (1484×6074) with 326 doubles, 263 home runs, 886 RBI and 1,186 walks.

Mills, 27, played in 8 games for the Mariners in the 2022 season with a 4.15 ERA (4 ER, 8.2 IP). In 6 games with Triple-A Tacoma this season, he is 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA (4 ER, 19.2 IP). The 6-foot-4, 214-pound right-hander made his Major League debut for the Mariners on May 1, 2021 against Los Angeles-AL. Overall, he has played 19 career games with the Mariners, going 0–0 with a 7.59 ERA (18 ER, 21.1 IP) with 10 walks and 17 strikeouts.

Mills was originally selected by the Mariners in the 3rd round of the 2017 MLB Freshman Draft at Gonzaga University. He appeared in parts of 5 minor league seasons in the Mariners organization (2017-19, 2021-22), going 15-8 with a 3.40 ERA (62 ER, 164.0 IP) with 48 walks and 209 strikeouts in 132 minor league games. (1 start).

Fleming, 23, started this season with Low-A Modesto in the Cal League, making 14 starts and compiling a 6-6 mark with a 4.92 ERA. In 67.2 innings pitched, he allowed 40 runs (37 ER) on 64 hits while walking 24 and striking out 59. Fleming was the Mariners’ 11th round selection in the 2021 MLB Freshman Draft at Wake Forest University. After signing, he began his professional career with Mariners Arizona League club, appearing in 2 relief games (1–1, 6.00 ERA, allowing 2 ER in 3.0 IP) before being promoted to Modesto, where he pitched 7 games (2 starts) and went 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA (19.0 IP, 6 ER).

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