Red Sox re-sign Danny Santana, outfielder who was suspended for PEDs

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Red Sox reunite with outfielder who was suspended for PEDs originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

The Red Sox have signed veteran utilityman Danny Santana to a minor-league contract with the intentions of sending him to Triple-A Worcester as big league depth.

Santana hasn't played this year while serving an 80-game suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. The 31-year-old switch hitter appeared in 38 games for the Red Sox last year, batting .181 with five homers.

He appeared on the postseason roster, scoring twice against the Rays in the division series as a pinch runner, and striking out in his only three at-bats vs. the Astros in the American League Championship Series.

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Santana joins Abraham Almonte as veteran outfield pickups who are here to provide depth in the upper minors. Santana's versatility made him appealing last season, and he ended up making appearances at first base, left field, and center. He has played everywhere except pitcher and catcher during his eight-year career, which included a breakout 28-homer season with the Rangers in 2019.

As Red Sox fans await Tuesday's trade deadline and the possibility of the club making wholesale changes, Santana will only become relevant if the Red Sox sell off more big-league parts than they buy.

The news of Santana's signing first appeared on the minor-league transactions page at MLB.com and was noted by @redsoxstats on Twitter.