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Dodgers News: Dennis Santana Traded to the Texas Rangers

Dennis heads out to Texas.



The Dodgers made a deal on Thursday morning that ended with a familiar face departing. Dennis Santana was sent off to the Texas Rangers in a deal that netted a minor league arm in return

This deal comes soon after Santana was designated for assignment by the Dodgers this past week. It ends an 8-year run with the team after Santana was signed as an international free agent by Los Angeles back in 2013 out of the Dominican Republic. 

In exchange for Santana, the Dodgers acquired left-handed pitcher Kelvin Bautista from the Rangers. Bautista is about to turn 22-years-old and has yet to play above rookie ball with the pandemic stopping the 2020 minor league season. 

Related: Dave Roberts Explains Why Dennis Santana Was Designated for Assignment

For Santana, he could never find the command that the Dodgers were hoping from him. Dave Roberts had said earlier this week that the stuff is certainly there for Dennis, but commanding his pitches was the next step in his career. 

He’ll have to take that next step with the Texas Rangers.

Good luck, Dennis!

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. I was pretty sick the last time the Dodgers traded a Santana…Top prospect, at the time, Carlos Santana, who has had a very nice career in the A.L.
    This time, not so much. Lol

  2. Quite possible, given his kids entering school there….but if he wants another ring before he retires, he won’t get it in Texas.

  3. Anyone who doesn’t remember the Carlos Santana trade should look it up. Made me sick to my stomach!

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