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Red Sox sign infielder Danny Santana, who hasn't played this season

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 2022-07-28

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The World Series is back on!

The Red Sox signed infielder Danny Santana to a minor-league deal Thursday, giving the organization another body for its 40-man roster. (@RedSoxStats noticed the signing first .)

And that’s really all one can say about Santana. He hasn’t played this season after being suspended 80 games by MLB in April for violating their Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Santana played sparingly for the Red Sox last season, appearing in 37 games and posting a modest slash line of .181/.252/.345 in 127 plate appearances. He hit a home run in his first at-bat with the Red Sox, and the highlights ended there — outside of two runs he scored against the Rays in the ALDS.

Santana has a career .709 OPS, though that’s misleading. He’s only posted an OPS above .600 twice in his eight-year career.

It’s possible the Red Sox will use Santana at first base (he played 13 games there last season), considering their dumpster fire platoon of Bobby Dalbec and Franchy Cordero. Boston has the 28th-best OPS at first base in the league.

Santana almost certainly won’t offer much improvement in that department. But maybe he can actually play the position, unlike Cordero.

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