The Boston Red Sox simply can’t get enough positional versatility.
Following an offseason that included signing Kiké Hernandez and Marwin Gonzalez, the Red Sox have reportedly signed utility man Danny Santana to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training, according to The Boston Globe’s Julian McWilliams.
As you’d expect given the nature of the deal, the 30-year-old Santana is coming off an injury-shortened 2020 campaign that featured a .145 average and just a single homer in 15 games with the Rangers. But a clean bill of health could make all the difference, as Santana’s 2019 season with the Rangers was straight-up powerful.
On the field for a career-high 130 games, Santana set career-best marks in homers (28), runs batted in (81), slugging percentage (.534), OPS (.857), and stolen bases (21) for the Rangers.
And as mentioned, versatility is the name of the game for Santana, too, with Santana appearing at every position except catcher and pitcher in that 130-game 2019 campaign. (His 2020 featured games at first and in the outfield.)
A switch hitter from the Dominican Republic, Santana has compiled a .260 average, .717 OPS, 42 homers and 188 RBIs in 509 career games between the Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves, and Rangers.