According to a report from both teams, the Atlanta Braves have acquired outfielder Danny Santana from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for minor league pitcher Kevin Chapman. Santana was recently designated for assignment after a poor start that saw him hit .200 in 13 games with just one run batted in.
Santana, 26, was regarded as the next big thing for the Minnesota Twins when he broke in with the club in 2014, and hit .319 in his rookie year over 101 games. However, it was a steady decline for Santana, who struggled mightily in 2015 and had a bounce back year last season. Now Santana moves on to Atlanta with a four-year career mark of .266 with 10 home runs and 76 runs batted in.
Chapman, 29, spent most of his career with the Houston Astros and broke into the majors with the team in 2013. Chapman spent parts of gour seasons with the team, but ultimately didn't make the cut and was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves. This year with the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves, Chapman has made just nine appearances with a 7.71 ERA, but a career low BB/9 rate of 2.3.
Chapman gives the Minnesota Twins another option for the pen, which has been decimated by poor play and lack of organizational depth. Santana can replace the role that Chase d'Arnaud once played before being DFA'd. Santana still has potential, and is a worthy risk for a Braves organization that could use an effective fourth outfielder. The Twins have elected to go with the powerful options of Kennys Vargas and Miguel Sano.