With Ty France joining Mitch Haniger and Kyle Lewis on the injured list and suspensions looming for Jesse Winker and J.P. Crawford following Sunday’s brawl in Anaheim, the Mariners made a trade Monday morning to add a veteran hitter to their roster.
Seattle acquired first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana along with cash considerations from the Royals in exchange for right-handed pitchers Wyatt Mills and Will Fleming.
Santana, 36, has played in 52 games for Kansas City, posting a .216/.349/.341 slash line with 10 doubles, four homers, 21 RBI, 36 walks and 28 strikeouts. The numbers are below his career slash of .244/.361/.433, but the Mariners are in dire need of any sort of help.
A year ago, Santana, played in 158 games for KC, posting a .214/.319/.342 lash line with 15 doubles, 19 homers, 69 RBI, 86 walks and 102 strikeouts.
Mills, 27, appeared in eight games for the Mariners early in the 2022 season, posting a 4.15 ERA (4 ER, 8.2 IP). In six appearances with Triple-A Tacoma this season, he is 1-0 with a 1.83 ERA (4 ER, 19.2 IP).
Fleming, 23, has made 14 starts with Low-A Modesto, posting a 6-6 record with a 4.92 ERA. He was the Mariners’ 11th round selection in the 2021 MLB draft out of Wake Forest University.
This story will be updated.