PEORIA, Ariz. – Right after the Milwaukee Brewers acquired outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain on the identical working day in January 2018, Domingo Santana knew his times with the club may well be numbered.

Santana admitted Friday he designed items even worse by putting pressure on himself when he did get the chance to play in the early heading very last year.

“I just felt like it was a lot more mental than just about anything else,” said Santana, who homered for the Seattle Mariners in their recreation Friday against the Brewers in Cactus League play.

“I imagine I was just making an attempt much too hard. I forgot it is a kid’s recreation. I just wanted to go out and compete. I didn’t do that. I put much too substantially pressure (on myself) mainly because I knew it was a fantastic group of fellas.

“I thought I experienced to be as superior as they are. I put so substantially pressure on myself and that was the rationale almost everything went down.”

The trade Santana expected at last came Dec. 22 when he was sent to the Mariners for outfielder Ben Gamel and slight-league pitcher Noah Zavalos. He expects to get typical time in left industry with Seattle and perhaps some at-bats as designated hitter.

“It’s diverse mainly because I hardly knew anybody here,” Santana said. “I’m just adjusting to that. It is baseball. (The converse) has been heading on for like two many years. I didn’t want to depart but I knew I didn’t have a ton of option (to play). For my baseball occupation, it was a far better choice.

“I overlook the Brewers and the fellas, but you’ve got to maintain moving. I was there for 3½ many years. I was near to a ton of the fellas. Hernán Pérez was the initially to simply call me when I was traded. He was a little little bit unfortunate. But I imagine this is a fantastic option for me.”

A single of four slight-league prospects acquired from Houston in July 2015 in the Carlos Gomez/Mike Fiers trade, Santana enjoyed a breakthrough year in ’17, slugging 30 property operates and knocking in 85 operates while compiling a .875 OPS in 151 video games.

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Inspite of the additions of Yelich and Cain, Santana designed the club very last spring and manager Craig Counsell was getting first rate at-bats for him right until a mysterious loss of electric power sent him to the bench. With Santana batting .249 with three homers and 17 RBI on June 23, the Brewers sent him to Class AAA Colorado Springs, where he remained right until incorporated in the September simply call-ups.

On his return, Santana emerged as the Brewers’ top rated bat off the bench, batting .409 (9 for 22) with two homers and three RBI in September, with a 1.367 OPS.

“It was amazing to appear back again to a successful ecosystem,” he said. “It just felt fantastic to contribute to all of that. It was a fantastic practical experience for me. I just knew that was the career I was heading to do. I put my intellect to it and did my very best.”