The thing that is, perhaps, most intriguing about him is that he is a good defender and versatile. In the past two seasons, he has played first base, right field, and third base a fair amount. He had 2 DRS at third base in 119 innings there last year and in the past two seasons, he has 10 DRS at first base. In a little more than 50 innings in right field, however, he is at -2 DRS.
Last offseason, he signed a 3 year deal for $60 million with the Phillies with a team option for 2021. To trade him away and also get Jon Gray to help out, the Phillies would have to pay a lot of that contract…and they still would have to pay more.
A name that could also help the Rockies out on the major league roster in 2019 is former Rockies reliever and current Phillies reliever Pat Neshek. Neshek is owed $7.75 million this year and there’s a $750k buyout for 2020. The Phillies may also have to pay a bit of that as well.
If the Rockies and Phillies were to talk about Gray, there would almost definitely be some prospects coming the Rockies way as well but Santana and Neshek would be the two pieces currently on the Phillies to help the Rockies out on the major league team in 2019.
***Note: First baseman Justin Bour was originally going to be part of this but he was placed on waivers by the Phillies Wednesday afternoon so the Rockies, if they decide that they want him, will either have to claim the former Home Run Derby participant on waivers or, if he passes through waivers, he would likely refuse his outright assignment and become a free agent. Then, the Rockies could get him that way. We discussed more about him in this article this morning.***