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Twins Acquire LHP Kevin Chapman For Danny Santana

According to the Twitter feed of the Atlanta Braves, the Minnesota Twins acquired right-handed pitcher Kevin Chapman in exchange for utility man Danny Santana.
Image courtesy of Jonathan Dyer, USA Today
The Twins acknowledged the trade with a press release.

The Twins designated Santana for assignment late last week, giving them ten days to work out a trade or place him on waivers.

The 29-year-old Chapman has struggled early this season, posting a 7.71 ERA in 11.2 innings for Gwinnett, Atlanta's AAA team. He had spent parts of the previous four seasons with the Houston Astros. He had a 3-1 record with a 4.09 ERA in 55 big league innings over that time. In those 55 innings, he walked 31 and struck out 48.

While Chapman is far from a prospect, the fact that Thad Levine was able to find a taker for the athletic Santana is great. The fact that Chapman is not on the 40-man roster is even better.
Santana was one of the longest-tenured Twins players, having signed back in 2007 out of the Dominican Republic. He debuted for the Twins in 2014 and put up a terrific rookie season. He has not been able to replicate that success, however, in the two-plus seasons since.

Santana was DFAd to make room for Ehire Adrianza.

Also over the weekend, the Twins DFAd RH RP Michael Tonkin, giving them ten days to work out a trade for him or put him on waivers at some point.


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Dave The Dastardly
May 08 2017 05:27 PM

Okay, I give up. The headline says LHP, the blurb says RHP, the photo shows LHP. What is this guy? Ambidextrous?

 

More importantly, how bad is he? I mean what's the market value on a slightly used D Santana? Just north of a box of new baseballs?

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Pardon My Dinger
May 08 2017 05:45 PM
Lesser known Chapman for lesser known Santana. Gotta say, this deal works on paper.
    • ashburyjohn, glunn, snepp and 9 others like this

 

Okay, I give up. The headline says LHP, the blurb says RHP, the photo shows LHP. What is this guy? Ambidextrous?

 

More importantly, how bad is he? I mean what's the market value on a slightly used D Santana? Just north of a box of new baseballs?

 

He is so bad that I am sure the Twins will find a way to get him right up on the major league pitching staff.

    • Mike Sixel, gil4, Oldgoat_MN and 9 others like this
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Brock Beauchamp
May 08 2017 05:47 PM

Nice move. I didn't expect the Twins to get anything for Santana and a questionable lefty bullpen arm seems like a fair deal.

    • glunn, Blake, jimbo92107 and 7 others like this

I like acquiring a non-40-man pitcher with experience.  It gives the Twins flexibility and a low-end arm to potentially fill out the bullpen should it come to that without the use of a roster space.

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notoriousgod71
May 08 2017 05:50 PM

My initial reaction is meh. My second reaction is both players will be lucky to survive the season with their new organizations.

 

Maybe the Twins absolute travesty of a bullpen will force them to keep Chapman around.

    • DaveW likes this
Can't complain about this. Chapman is exactly a haul, but getting anything for Santana is a bonus. A player AND cash is incredible. I really like that they cleared the 40 man spot on top of everything.
    • HitInAPinch, rghrbek, Vanimal46 and 1 other like this
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KirbyHawk75
May 08 2017 05:54 PM

Now will Santana become the next Aaron Hicks?  Probably not...

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Now will Santana become the next Aaron Hicks?  Probably not...

Let's give Hicks some more at bats before he becomes the standard of bad trades.  He was really awful last year.  

    • Thrylos, gunnarthor, ScrapTheNickname and 14 others like this

 

Now will Santana become the next Aaron Hicks?  

 

I don't think he'll become Hicks, but I do think he has a future in MLB.  I see him being a somewhat valuable role player for an NL team down the road.  I don't think he's a good fit with the Twins but again I don't think he's total garbage. 

 

Chapman, on the other hand...well I'm guessing we'll see him sooner or later!

    • nokomismod, KGB and David HK like this

That Falvey and company got anything for Santana surprises me.

 

Best of luck to Santana and I hope he succeeds. 

    • gunnarthor, messed up, Oldgoat_MN and 6 others like this
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LA VIkes Fan
May 08 2017 06:08 PM

A quick look at the stats says he was pretty decent in about 20 innings a year 2013 and 2014 and in 5 innings in 2015 and affirmatively bad in in 8 innings in 2016.  Sound familiar? WTH, better than expected for Dan San. Oh, by the way, Baseball reference says he left handed. He'll be fighting it out with the immortal Buddy Boshers for innings.  

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TheLeviathan
May 08 2017 06:16 PM

Better than nothing I guess.

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Winston Smith
May 08 2017 06:19 PM

 

Let's give Hicks some more at bats before he becomes the standard of bad trades.  He was really awful last year.  

And how is Murphy doing?

    • Blake, DaveW, Kwak and 1 other like this

Santana hasn't made a single out or error for ATL yet. Hosed again.

    • Thrylos, Mike Sixel, HitInAPinch and 1 other like this

Anybody remember Drew Butera--and how some proclaimed "we won that deal"?

    • Deduno Abides and HitInAPinch like this

And how is Murphy doing?

Better 2017 WAR than Santana 😜
    • James likes this

I don't think he'll become Hicks, but I do think he has a future in MLB. I see him being a somewhat valuable role player for an NL team down the road. I don't think he's a good fit with the Twins but again I don't think he's total garbage.

Chapman, on the other hand...well I'm guessing we'll see him sooner or later!


He's gonna have to improve all aspects of his game to be a contributor for an NL or any team. He had one of the 3 lowest WARs in baseball over the last 2 years.
Chapman was available to us twice on waivers back in March. The second time he cleared completely, which is why Atlanta was able to outright him off their 40-man.
    • ashburyjohn, by jiminy, h2oface and 2 others like this

Chapman was available to us twice on waivers back in March. The second time he cleared completely, which is why Atlanta was able to outright him off their 40-man.

The DFA'd DanSan who clearly was claimed. Getting anything not on the 40 man is better than nothing
    • Danchat and WLFINN like this

 

Anybody remember Drew Butera--and how some proclaimed "we won that deal"?

Didn't we? Am I mistaking my trades but didn't we turn him into Nunez and eventually Mejia?

    • James, Danchat and Deduno Abides like this

 

Nice move. I didn't expect the Twins to get anything for Santana and a questionable lefty bullpen arm seems like a fair deal.

Unfortunately, a "questionable" player begs the question... ;-)

 

You're right, though. Santana is a questionable player, too. Maybe both guys can benefit from a change of scenery. 

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The DFA'd DanSan who clearly was claimed. Getting anything not on the 40 man is better than nothing


Actually Santana wasn't claimed -- he was never waived. Likely he would have been claimed by a couple clubs, though, and the Braves offered Chapman to essentially jump the line.
    • Sconnie and KirbyDome89 like this
And while Chapman not being on the 40-man is nice, the Twins actually have an open 40-man spot with Tonkin removed. And if we add Chapman at any point, he is out of options which might limit our flexibility.
The biggest win here is Santana is not around to get 200 AB and accumulate a negative win or two
    • USAFChief, Mike Sixel, snepp and 6 others like this

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