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Nats promoting reliever de los Santos from Harrisburg

Jul 20, 2015, 1:09 AM EDT

The Nationals plan to call up reliever Abel de los Santos from Class AA Harrisburg on Monday, according to a source with knowledge of the transaction, adding the hard-throwing right-hander to their bullpen.

It’s not known yet who de los Santos will replace, but the Nationals will have to clear a spot on their 40-man roster before they can officially purchase the reliever’s contract and bring him to the major leagues.

De Los Santos, 22, has impressed in his first season in the Nationals organization, posting a 2.65 ERA in 26 appearances with Harrisburg, striking out 35 batters while walking only seven.

The Dominican native was acquired from the Rangers in December, along with infielder Chris Bostick, for left-hander Ross Detwiler, who just last week was released by Texas after refusing a minor-league assignment. Originally a starter at the lower levels of the Rangers’ system, de los Santos was converted to a reliever in 2013 and saw his career take off.

“Since he’s gone to the bullpen, his velocity and stuff has spiked, and he had a terrific year last year,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said after making the trade. “We feel he’s the guy that could come relatively quickly.”

De Los Santos will become the 24th different pitcher used by the Nationals this season, the seventh to make his big-league debut.

  1. Sonny G 10 - Jul 20, 2015 at 1:26 AM

    Boy, did Detwiler go downhill. Wonder how hard De Los Santos throws?

  2. Joe Seamhead - Jul 20, 2015 at 5:17 AM

    See de Los Santos stats here:
    http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?sid=t547&player_id=593582#/career/R/pitching/2015/ALL

    Somebody else who has looked very good is none other than Bryan Harper, brother of Bryce.

    • laddieblahblah - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:00 AM

      De Los Santos is only 21 years old, and has been coming on fast, of late. And so has Chris Bostick, also just 21 years old. I think Bostick is Rizzo’s ace-in-the-hole who is enabling Rizzo to consider trading Will Difo, who is 3 years older and who did not reach AA Harrisburg until he was 24. Bostick is in AA right now, at 21, and, like de Los Santos, has been getting better and better with each passing month.

      The next iteration of Rizzo’s rap sheet will be updated to reflect what is turning out to be another major trading coup by Mike Rizzo. He ditched a failed reliever in Detwiler, and got a superior pitching prospect and a superior IF prospect, in return. De Los Santos will be in the MLs at the ripe old age of 21, and we might see Bostick in AAA before the end of this year, and in the majors by next year.

      Amazing.

      • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:08 AM

        Actually they are both 22. DLS has a fine WHIP of .88 at AA. The way Treinen has looked he’s definitly worth a look. Bostick with his .282 at AA is a long way from the majors. Difo, incidentally is only 23 and is still considered a better prospect than Bostick.

      • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:09 AM

        That’s a .282 OBP not BA.

      • Kenz aFan - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:13 AM

        Both De Los Santos and Bostick are 22, with De Los Santos being the older of the two by a few months. While De Los Santos has been getting better and better, the same cant be said of Bostick, who’s numbers dipped when he was promoted from Potomac to Harrisburg last month. As for Difo, he’s only one year older than and is still only 23.

        I would love to see the site you are getting your info from, because wherever it is, they suck at keeping info on players.

  3. chapjim - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:03 AM

    My guess is Treinen will go back down. Too bad because he can get two strikes on anyone but three strikes on no one.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 7:49 AM

    “Ghost of Steve M. – Jul 19, 2015 at 9:56 PM
    Treinen back to AAA?”

    His inconsistencies are troublesome. Clearly he has great stuff but if you can’t throw quality strikes you’re no use to Matt Williams.

    The more curious case is who comes off the 40 man roster as there doesn’t appear to be any more 60 day DL moves. Could this be the end of the line for Nate McLouth?

    • laddieblahblah - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:03 AM

      “Treinen back to AAA?”

      I think you nailed it, Ghost.

      “Could this be the end of the line for Nate McLouth?”

      Make it two nails in one post.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:32 AM

      Isn’t McLouth on the 60 day DL now, meaning he doesn’t count against the 40 man roster? If they DFA him, it still won’t clear a spot.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:34 AM

        Great point. You’re correct.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:35 AM

        Erik Davis?

      • drazthegr8 - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:03 AM

        Gotta be Davis. He’s been terrible in AA this year.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:35 AM

      Isn’t McLouth already on the 60 day DL, meaning he doesn’t count against the 40-man roster? You can DFA him, but it won’t open up a spot.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:27 AM

        Maybe Erik Davis? I think he’s really struggled in his comeback from TJ. Can’t imagine anyone being eager to grab him.

    • Kenz aFan - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:22 AM

      I agree 100% on Treinen, shows flashes of brilliance, then the complete opposite. The Nats need a more stability from the bullpen and they haven’t been getting anywhere near that so far this season.

      With McLouth on the 60 Day DL, removing him wont clear a spot on the 40-Man Roster, it will have to be a healthy body that gets moved.

      My guess would be Brian Goodwin, who’s not been playing well at all and seems to be going downhill, which is sad, since he had so much potential.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:25 AM

        Here’s the word I’m getting. Multiple moves in the next 2 days with moving parts. It will be Burriss as the DFA and he should clear waivers.

      • masterfishkeeper - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:28 AM

        Burris makes sense. Beyond him, you’ve got Davis and Goodwin.

      • Kenz aFan - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:36 AM

        @Ghost
        Burris also makes good sense, especially since Matt Williams has pretty much been ignoring him. Because of his being pretty much ignored, MW shortened an already short-handed bench, which is typical of his “managing talents” (I almost gagged using the word talent and MW in the same sentence).

        With the trash (okay, borderline major league leaguers) we’ve seen being picked up by other teams this season, we can’t assume that Burris will get through waivers.

      • drazthegr8 - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:05 AM

        I would also be surprised if Burriss clears waivers. And, I’m curious if Burriss would accept an assignment if he did clear waivers – he certainly can’t expect to play in DC this year if MW refuses to play him for weeks.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 11:08 AM

        I would also be surprised if Burriss clears waivers. And, I’m curious if Burriss would accept an assignment if he did clear waivers

        Doesn’t matter if he clears. If someone claims him, he’s still off the Nats’ roster. If no one does, and he doesn’t accept a minor league assignment, he’s a free agent, and off the Nats’ roster. If he accepts, he’s off the Nats’ MLB roster.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 20, 2015 at 11:55 AM

        Burriss would almost certainly clear waivers. He is 30 years old, hasn’t been an major league regular since 2012 and was never an effective major leaguer in his entire career. In his “career” year, at age 23, he OPS’d .686 – in a much more offense-friendly time – and posted a whopping 0.8 fWAR/0.2 rWAR. Since then he’s been an absolute disaster at the plate and not particularly good in the field. His career totals are -1.2 fWAR/-2.2 rWAR. He is putting up decent, not spectacular, numbers at AAA – but context matters. As a 30yo former major leaguer he should be putting up even better numbers. And he has a consistent pattern in his career of putting up solid-to-good numbers in AAA and then face planting (again) at the MLB level.

        That said, he won’t be jettisoned until Rendon is back. For de los Santos, the 25 man roster move is Solis. The obvious 40 man roster move is Davis.

      • drazthegr8 - Jul 20, 2015 at 12:20 PM

        As a minimum salary player, there would be no risk for a team like the Pirates, who lost Mercer yesterday, to grab him for a little while. We’ll see – not like it will make or break our season if another team grabs him.

  5. Section 222 - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:26 AM

    Wow. Seven pitchers making their major league debuts this season. One is Ross, but otherwise it’s a revolving door of relievers — Martin, Grace, Cole, Rivero, Solis, and now de los Santos, with only Rivero looking good enough, so far, to stay up. Even Treinen, last year’s golden boy rookie, has been a disappointment.

    I’ve learned one thing for sure this year, though. Minor league credentials don’t mean much at all, and one or two good outings in the show does not mean a reliever is good enough to stick at this level.

    • hokiepokster92 - Jul 20, 2015 at 1:40 PM

      And that should concern the Nats and anyone who roots for them. Too many question marks. Yes these kids have live arms but they are not battle tested. We have enough of a sample size on Treinen to know that he is not reliable in pressure situations. He needs more seasoning at AAA as other have stated,

      Rizzo is going to make a move(s) to address the bullpen.

  6. rlndtln - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:40 AM

    Who is pitching tomorrow?

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:44 AM

      Still officially TBA, but it is JZimm’s spot, no?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:59 AM

        JZim is listed for Wednesday. Tuesday is the #5 spot that Strasburg would’ve been in.

      • bowdenball - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

        JZimm pitched on Friday night in the suspended game, so he’ll presumably go on Wednesday. Tomorrow is still TBA but it’s hard to imagine it’ll be anyone other than Joe Ross, who is scheduled to pitch that day anyway.

    • Hiram Hover - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:16 AM

      Ah – thanks for the correction as to JZim.

  7. TimDz - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:43 AM

    I am going to guess that a reliever gets sent down…but that won’t resolve the 40 man roster issue…my guess is that Treinen gets sent down along with Difo and Manny Burris gets DFA’s so the Nats can bring Tony Two Bags off of the DL….

    • jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:03 AM

      TimDz,

      I think that’s a reasonable guess although Rendon hasn’t had much rehab.

    • nats128 - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:50 AM

      You dont need to make more than 1 infielder move for Tony Rendon. Since Tony is on the 40 man it would just take sending Difo back or Burriss, not both unless you bring back Werth or RZ also or Joe Ross takes the spot of a infielder and you go 1 shorter on the bench.

      • TimDz - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:01 AM

        de los Santos needs to be added to the 40 man, so someone has to be removed…

      • nats128 - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:07 AM

        Yes, Ghost is saying that Burriss is the DFA.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 20, 2015 at 11:56 AM

      To make room for de los Santos, Solis will go before Treinen.

  8. GeneralCornRowWallace - Jul 20, 2015 at 8:47 AM

    Washington Post reporting Stasburgh to 60 day DL.

  9. jd - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:14 AM

    We have one tough week ahead. We continue to face top notch pitching with a AAA lineup +Harper. I felt really sorry for Max yesterday. He and Greinke were both on their games but he had to face a major league lineup.

    I had an out of the box idea yesterday. With the Nats losing 1-0 going into the 9th and Greinke pinch hit for why not go with Storen and try to steal the game in the 9th? I don’t understand this concept of giving the ball to the most struggling reliever in a 1 run game just because using your closer in a non save situation is against the ‘book’?

    • veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:16 AM

      Flip the coin in those situations. MW lost last night.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:52 AM

      Traditional by-the-book managing would have you use the closer to pitch the ninth inning at home in such a situation, since there will be no save opportunity later on to save him for. MW could say that he had just used Storen the day before and didn’t want to waste him in a non-save situation, but he was warming Storen up in the bottom of the eighth so that argument goes out the window.

      More evidence that MW really hasn’t figured out how to use a bullpen yet. He’s not a rookie manager any more, so what’s his excuse now? Apropos to this, in the recent MLB special on Buck Showalter one of the things said in praise of him by his players was “he doesn’t warm you up if you’re not going into the game.” Why does this matter? Because warming up in the bullpen on days you don’t pitch wears you out too. Figure it out, Matt.

      • ArVAFan - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:21 AM

        Yeah, Barrett mentioned that “warmed up and not used” issue to me. Not that he was complaining per se, but the implication was that it was a contributing factor to his DL stint.

    • drazthegr8 - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:06 AM

      Not outside the box. That was the right place for Storen to pitch. He had already warmed up as well…

  10. rlndtln - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Atleast bring in Thornton to face Eithier with the game 1-0.

  11. rlndtln - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:17 AM

    Eventually when everyone is back,Uggla will have to go.

  12. veejh - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:27 AM

    On a positive note, Janssen was once again pretty solid in the 8th. I’m not a huge fan of having pitchers pitch specific innings, but having that 8th inning spot solidified would be nice.

  13. Kenz aFan - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:52 AM

    From the moves that Rizzo has been making, does anyone else think he’s been working with his hands tied, because the Lerners wont let him add to payroll?

    Think about it, are all the up and down minor leaguers really how Rizzo works? In the past, when he’s seen a problem, he made a move to fix it, but watching the minor league merry-go-round screams to me, that he’s working without a net. Because of that, if Mike does end up making a deal to really help the club, I can only envision it getting done if he’s able to reduce or keep payroll as is in some way, and when other teams know that, they will try and take advantage of our farm system.

    All this has me wondering if the Lerners will even let Rizzo spend all the $80 million that will be coming off the team’s payroll during the off-season.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:07 AM

      No. This isn’t free agency, where it’s possible to “add to payroll” ad lib. As for all the roster moves now, it makes perfect sense to find out if you’ve already got what you need in-house before you go out and try to find it elsewhere.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 20, 2015 at 12:03 PM

      Really? Despite all obvious facts to the contrary, we hear once again echoes of “the Lerners are cheap?” Owners always poor mouth their revenues and roster – they have no incentive to do anything else. From being “tapped out” in the $135M salary range the team now has one of the highest payrolls in baseball at $165M, the #6 payroll in the game. And that’s with a team that is hobbled by the lousy MASN deal.

      Wonder away – speculation costs nothing. But facts on the ground indicate that you should probably spend your time worrying about other things.

    • unkyd59 - Jul 20, 2015 at 2:11 PM

      The “cheap Lerners” meme will never die, it seems…. smdh

  14. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 20, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Chances of Desmond being traded at the deadline are still slim but growing as he continues to flail — two Ks yesterday, including one really horrible AB — and roster crunch develops I’m beginning to think the Brain Trust may worry about making him a qualifying offer — which, tactically, he should accept, as an opportunity to rebuild his brand. Better something than nothing. First team that offers a 97 mph controllable RH reliever — even a AA prospect — wins.

    • Theophilus T.S. - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:10 AM

      This is a hope, not a prediction.

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:10 AM

      Your argument makes no sense. The worse Desmond continues to play, the worse are the chances that another team is going to want to trade anything of value for two months of service from him.

    • Kenz aFan - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:13 AM

      Because of his horrible at bats, I don’t think Desmond going anywhere and that the Nats will be stuck with him. I can’t imaging the team giving him a qualified offer, for fear he might take it.

      At the beginning of the season, I thought Zimmermann, Desmond, Fister and Span would get qualified offers, but now, I only see Zimmermann getting one, and with luck Span if he can come back strong and finish the year the same way. As for Desmond and Fister, Desmond will be kicking himself for the rest of his life for not taking the $100+ million extension the Nats offers, and Fister needed to repeat his numbers from last year to get one. Now instead of 4 potential compensation picks, we’re at 1, maybe 1 and a half.

      I still think a fellow Expos fan who was disgruntled about them leaving, put a curse on the team. My guess probably some a’hole how hardly ever went to games.

      • Kenz aFan - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:14 AM

        Apologies about the typos, my fault for trying to do three things at once…

      • drazthegr8 - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:16 AM

        Kenz, we got 2 nice prospects for Detwiler… anything is possible, especially with Desi’s track record someone may want to take a chance that a change of scenery will help.

        I think Fister, Span, and Zimm all get qualifying offers. I’d gladly take any of the 3 back on a one year deal. I’m not ready to say that Desi wouldn’t get one either, but that’s looking less probable.

      • Kenz aFan - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:26 AM

        My secret wish is that the Rockies will want to move Tolu’s contract and be willing to accept Desmond for 2 months as long as they get a decent return by way of prospects.

        It’s a move that I’m sure the Nats could work, and it would give the Rockies payroll flexibility for next season.

      • Karl Kolchak - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:30 AM

        “I still think a fellow Expos fan who was disgruntled about them leaving, put a curse on the team.”

        Well, Desmond IS actually the last Expo–the only remaining player who was in the team’s minor league system when they came to DC.

      • zmunchkin - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:42 AM

        No player accepted at QO after either the 2013 or the 2014 season. And I don’t think a player has ever accepted a QO.

        For that reason, unless Desi goes farther downhill, I expect he will get a QO. And if he accepts it, I believe Rizzo can and likely will trade him. He may not get much, but he will get something in addition to the sandwich pick.

        Someone will take on Desi’s QO contract in a trade given that he is a three time Silver Slugger and one of a handful of SS’ with three 20-20 years.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 11:02 AM

        unless Desi goes farther downhill, I expect he will get a QO. And if he accepts it, I believe Rizzo can and likely will trade him. He may not get much, but he will get something in addition to the sandwich pick.

        How would they get a pick if they re-sign Desmond?

      • texnat1 - Jul 20, 2015 at 11:15 AM

        I just don’t buy this theory that Desmond can continue to play at below replacement level and still be expected to turn down a QO. A QO is $15 million, which is only slightly less than his career earnings. What could be better for him than to make that kind of money for one year and also have the chance to rebuild his image and get a big contract the year after?

        Some of you are in denial about just how bad he has been.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 20, 2015 at 12:11 PM

        FWIW, it’s not just fans on the page that believe that Desmond still has value. The pros at “Beyond the Box Score” took a look at his case, and estimated that Desmond would get 5 years/$89M … which was considerably down from their preseason estimate of 6+ years with an AAV over $20M. So they think that he’s cost himself about $35-40M dollars.

        Now, I think they’re still on the high side; I think Desmond gets an offer much more in the range of 4/$45-50M. An AAV considerably less than a QO but a lot more guaranteed money. That, together with the fact that no player has ever accepted a QO and that Desmond has made numerous statement of support of the MLBPA indicate to me that he’s going to get a QO and he’s going to decline it.

        Span will get a QO, and I think the Nats would be perfectly happy if he takes it. That means your 4th OF behind Harper/Werth/Span is MAT. Without that, your fourth outfielder is … Matt den Dekker? Brian Goodwin? Tyler Moore? Clint Robinson? Yuck. Span gets a QO. He also likely declines it, but the Nats wouldn’t mind if he accepted.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 20, 2015 at 12:12 PM

        Oh, sorry, meant to include the link to the BTBS article I mentioned:

        http://www.beyondtheboxscore.com/2015/6/30/8865493/ian-desmond-nationals-free-agency-contract-money-on-the-table

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 12:18 PM

        Some of you are in denial about just how bad [Desmond] has been.

        Perhaps, but if we are, then he certainly is, too, or at least, he’s confident he can do better than this. So he still turns it down.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 12:20 PM

        I mean, think it through. Suppose he takes a one-year deal, and then does this again, 35 errors on the Interstate? He would be nuts to risk that.

      • zmunchkin - Jul 20, 2015 at 12:32 PM

        Answering sofa. I was not clear enough in my wording.

        They get pick if he declines the QO.

        If he accepts (very unlikely), they can trade him for something. Maybe not much, but more than they get ifbthey let him walk without a QO.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 12:42 PM

        Ah, I see. Thank you, ZMunch.

      • letswin3 - Jul 20, 2015 at 3:55 PM

        John and Munch, the reason that no player has ever taken a QO is probably because no team has been stupid enough to give one to a guy who wasn’t deserving …. and this describes Desi to a Tee. Moreover, if they issue a QO, and he accepts it, that likely makes trading him more difficult, because he would compromise the payroll of the team trading for Desi. Someone else said trade him now for any offer of a minor leaguer who can throw a little … who want’s to take on the remaining Desi salary for 2015, when he can’t hit 210 and his errors are building to career levels? I’ve always liked the guy, but it looks like the Nats will part company with him with little more than a handshake, in my opinion.

  15. Theophilus T.S. - Jul 20, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Did anyone think that getting rid of the last Expo might be the key to ridding ourselves of whatever curse has been hanging over the Nats for the past three years?

    • natsnatsnatswoo - Jul 20, 2015 at 11:13 AM

      The curse comes from Matt Williams refusing to do the promised Babe Ruth impersonation when they won ten in a row. Name one good break they’ve gotten since that day. The bad breaks are legion.

      • therealjohnc - Jul 20, 2015 at 12:13 PM

        Curses. Yawn. Okay.

      • Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 12:15 PM

        Umm, Dan Jennings? Stanton to the DL? Freeman to the DL? Playing like they’ve been pithed, in a year when they could get away with it (so far)?

  16. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 11:04 AM

    “Since he’s gone to the bullpen, his velocity and stuff has spiked, and he had a terrific year last year,” Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said after making the trade.

    I hope he hasn’t spiked, I hope he got better and stayed that way.

  17. hokiepokster92 - Jul 20, 2015 at 2:16 PM

    Dan Kolko
    ‏@masnKolko
    Jayson Werth transitioned to 60-day DL, a procedural move in order to make a 40-man spot available for de Los Santos.

  18. hokiepokster92 - Jul 20, 2015 at 2:17 PM

    @barrysvrluga
    Nats option RHP Blake Treinen to Class AAA and call up Abel De Los Santos from AA Harrisburg. Treinen was preseason fave for eighth inning.

    • therealjohnc - Jul 20, 2015 at 2:28 PM

      Interesting; I was wrong and others were correct. I had thought that Solis would be optioned before Treinen.

  19. Soul Possession, My Sofa - Jul 20, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Well, here’s to Mr. De Los Santos.

    “The cross is in the ballpark.”

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