Milwaukee Brewers: How real is the interest in Domingo Santana?

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 03: Domingo Santana
MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 03: Domingo Santana /

The 2017 season was a make or break year for Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Domingo Santana. He had always shown promise, but finally broke out with his first 30 homer season. Now teams are inquiring about his availability. Could the Brew Crew actually deal him this off season?

Reports of interest in Domingo Santana aren’t exaggerated. Santana is only 25 years old, has one more year of team control before heading to arbitration, and has a 30-homer season on his stat  sheet. He’s young, controllable, and productive. Every team wants to acquire players who fit that description.

Could the Milwaukee Brewers actually deal Santana?

Yes. For sure. They absolutely could. They could also trade Ryan Braun to the Yankees. Or send Jimmy Nelson to Mars. Or put Tim Dillard in a time machine. None of those scenarios are likely, but they could happen.

The interest around Santana started when it was reported that the San Francisco Giants were inquiring. Since then, the rumor mill has picked up with other teams making phone calls to see what’s what. This is the time of year when teams check in on just about every player.

What would the Brewers ask for in return?

Everything. Literally everything. They don’t HAVE to deal Santana unless they get a fantastic deal. If it’s prospects in return, the Milwaukee Brewers will get all of them. If its an quality starting pitcher, the Brewers can get that. It really depends on how far GM David Stearns wants to push the market.

Which teams are thought to have interest?

The Giants are the one team that have called for sure, but there are others. The asking price is said to be a ‘young controllable starter‘.

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The Milwaukee Brewers have an abundance of outfielders. One of Santana, Ryan Braun, and Keon Broxton are likely to head somewhere else this off season. Santana has the highest value and would get the best return of the trio. He could be the starting point of negotiations that end with Broxton heading out, or there could be legitimate interest. The market for Santana is one that Brewers fans will have to keep a close eye on this week.