LF,RF - FA
Outfielder Domingo Santana has agreed to a contract with the Yakult Swallows of Nippon Professional Baseball, according to a report from MLB insider Jon Morosi.
Santana batted .278 with 30 home runs in 2017 with the Brewers and then batted .253 with 21 home runs in 121 games with the Mariners in 2019, but he bottomed out in Cleveland in 2020, hitting just .157 with two home runs in 24 games. He's heading to Japan for at least a year at age 28 to rebuild his value, and it would not be surprising to see him return to Major League Baseball in the near future if he is able to figure things out overseas.
The Indians sent Domingo Santana outright to their alternate training site.
Santana cleared waivers after being DFA'd. He was just 11-for-70 at the plate this summer.
Domingo Santana was designated for assignment by the Indians on Monday.
The big outfielder hit just .157/.298/.286 with two home runs and 12 RBI across 70 at-bats this season. He still has some pop in his bat and will likely resurface with another club in short order.
Domingo Santana is absent from Wednesday's lineup against the Twins.
The 28-year-old isn't playing too well this summer, batting .162 with a .590 OPS and two homers through 23 games. Greg Allen is starting in left field on Wednesday evening.
Domingo Santana went 1-for-4 with a double and three RBI. On the season, Santana is struggling with two doubles, two home runs, five runs, and eight RBI while slashing .170/.302/.321.
Although it's early, there are red flags in his batted ball data. He has an abnormal 17.1% line drive (LD) rate and a 60% ground ball (GB) rate compared to his career averages of 26% LD% and 45.7% GB%. Santana's 84.9 mph average exit velocity (9th percentile) and 35.5% hard-hit rate (48th percentile) also don't inspire confidence. He's probably droppable in most leagues unless it's a deeper five outfielder league.