Brewers trade Santana to Seattle, receive OF Gamel, RHP Zavolas

The “Showmingo” era at Miller Park has come to a close.

Milwaukee traded Domingo Santana to Seattle on Friday evening, getting outfielder Ben Gamel and right-handed pitcher Noah Zavolas in exchange for the outfielder.

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“Domingo contributed to many great moments during his time with the Brewers,” general manager David Stearns said in a press release. “He is a true professional, and we wish him well.”

Gamel, a 26-year-old versatile outfielder, hit .272 with one homer and 19 RBI in 101 games for the Mariners this season. He’ll be the second Gamel to suit up at Miller Park, following his brother Mat, who played for the Crew froom 2008-12. Ben Gamel owns a career batting average of .269 while compiling 13 homers and 83 RBI in 268 games.

Zavolas, on the other hand, is a 22-year-old right-hander who was was named the Ivy League Pitcher of the Year after a standout season at Harvard this spring. He was selected in the 18th round of the 2018 draft by Seattle. Zavolas combined to go 5-2 with a 3.03 ERA and 2 saves in 19 relief appearances between Class-A Everett (16 games) and Class-A Modesto (3 games), all while logging 41 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings pitched.

“We are pleased to add Ben and Noah to our organization,” Stearns said. “During his young career, Ben has proven that he can hit at the Major League level. His left-handed bat and outfield versatility also provide solid fits for our roster. Noah is a pitcher we targeted in the draft this past year and we are happy to bring him into our organization.”

Santana had a breakout season in 2017, hitting .278/.371/.505 and 30 homers in 151 games. But after the Brewers traded for eventual NL MVP Christian Yelich and signed Lorenzo Cain in the offseason, Santana was buried on the depth chart. Santana logged a respectable.265/.328/412 slash line in 85 games. His biggest impact during Milwaukee’s run to the National League Championship Series came off the bench, as he went 12 for 29 (.414 average) and hit two homers and five RBI as a pinch hitter.

Source: Fox Sports

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