Rosenthal says the Brewers have been “getting hits on all” of their outfielders, Santana, Ryan Braun, Keon Broxton, Brett Phillips and Hernan Perez. However, the Giants’ interest in Santana may be their plan now after Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton decided to not waive his no-trade clause and accept their deal to come to San Francisco, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
The 25-year-old Santana is coming off a great 2017 campaign — his third season with the Brewers and fourth year in the big leagues overall. Two years after being traded from the Astros as part of a deal in which the Brewers sent Carlos Gomez, the right fielder blasted 30 home runs and knocked in 85 runs while slashing .278/.371/.505 in 151 games.
Along with his youth and production last year, Santana is under control for four years. He is eligible for arbitration in 2019 and a free agent in 2022, but the Giants would love to have a young player because he would provide a major boost to a lineup that finished last in the league in home runs (128), slugging percentage (.380), and OPS (.689) in 2017. The only drawback will be that the Giants will probably have to give up a ton of top prospects in order to get Santana.