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Carlos Santana | First Baseman | #41

Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Phillies signed 1B Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract with a $17.5 million club option for 2021.
The deal was agreed to last Friday and then finalized Wednesday morning after Santana passed his physical. He'll be officially introduced at a press conference Wednesday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Santana is kind of an odd fit for the Phillies, who aren't quite ready to contend and have a promising young first baseman in Rhys Hoskins, but the 31-year-old should improve that lineup drastically in 2018 and moving into a more power-friendly home park gives a nice boost to his fantasy stock. Hoskins figures to continue the left field experiment he tried last season, with Santana taking over at first. Wed, Dec 20, 2017 09:20:00 AM

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Phillies have signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million contract.'s Jesse Sanchez says the Phillies also have a $17.5 million club option for 2021. It's an odd fit on the surface, as it means either Rhys Hoskins or perhaps even Santana will play the outfield or Santana will move back third base and bump Maikel Franco from a starting job. Perhaps there will be a series of moves coming from Philly. Santana does give the Phillies a bona-fide bat, as he boasts a career .249/.365/.445 batting line and has averaged 24 homers per season in his seven full years. The Indians will now have to turn to Plan B at first base.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 01:33:00 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Indians are telling other first base options that they want to see where things go with Carlos Santana first.

Santana is "clearly far and away" the Indians' top choice at first base, Heyman says. Cleveland's initial offer to Santana was reportedly for $36 million over three years, which isn't going to be enough to get it done. The Rockies, Rangers, Padres, Phillies, Red Sox and Mariners have also been connected to Santana. The Indians have so far been linked to Lucas Duda and Matt Adams as possible backup plans at first base.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 10:40:00 PM

Thomas Harding of reports that the Rockies are "taking a hard look" at free agent first baseman Carlos Santana.

Add the Rockies to a list which also includes the likes of the Indians, Rangers, Padres, Phillies, Red Sox, and Mariners. The Rockies have also been linked to Jay Bruce and Logan Morrison, but Harding hears that the club is "believed to have a stronger interest" in Santana than either of those players.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 02:29:00 PM

Enrique Rojas of ESPN reports that the Indians made an offer to Carlos Santana last month in which they expressed a willingness to give a three-year deal worth $12 million annually.

That isn't going to get it done. Santana has been a popular name as a free agent, with the Rangers, Padres, Phillies, Red Sox among the teams who have reportedly expressed interest. With the way the market is going, the Indians might have already adjusted their expectations with the situation.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 01:38:00 PM

Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that the Rangers and the Padres are among the teams interested in Carlos Santana.

The Phillies, Mariners, Angels and Red Sox have also expressed interest in the free agent slugger this off-season. Santana, 31, slashed .259/.363/.455 with 23 homers and 79 RBI for the Indians in 2017.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 08:02:00 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Angels "remain interested" in free agent slugger Carlos Santana.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first mentioned the Angels as a Santana suitor in mid-November, among a list of teams that included the Red Sox, Mariners, Phillies, Mets, and Indians. Santana, 31, batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 79 RBI in 154 games this past season for Cleveland. He rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Tribe last month.
Tue, Dec 5, 2017 10:14:00 PM's Jon Morosi reports that Carlos Santana is "drawing continued interest" from the Red Sox and Phillies.

The Red Sox are an obvious match since they have an opening at either first base or designated hitter, while the fit with the Phillies is more difficult to figure out since they have Rhys Hoskins at first. Santana, who will turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018, batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs for the Indians this past season. The Mets and Mariners have also been connected to him.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017 03:04:00 PM

1B Carlos Santana rejected the Indians' one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer.

Santana had a rough first half in his walk year but rebounded big time after the All-Star break to ultimately finish with a .259/.363/.455 batting line and 23 home runs. He'll turn 32 just after Opening Day in 2018 but won't have trouble landing a big contract this winter.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 11:46:00 AM

Mike Puma of the New York Post confirms that the Mets have spoken to the representatives for free agent Carlos Santana.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports first mentioned the Mets' possible interest in Santana, also naming the Red Sox, Mariners, Angels, Phillies, and incumbent Indians as likely suitors. Puma says the Mets view Santana "as a difference maker" offensively who could play full-time at first base. The 31-year-old switch-hitter batted 259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 79 RBI in 154 games this past season for the AL Central-champion Indians.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 03:00:00 PM's Jon Morosi reports that the Mariners are interested in Carlos Santana.

Morosi cautions that "there have not yet been substantial talks between the parties" to this point. The Red Sox are also showing early interest in Santana, and the Indians wouldn't mind re-signing the slugger. Santana batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 homers in his walk year and was extended a qualifying offer by the Indians last week.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 02:03:00 PM

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox will meet with Carlos Santana's agent at the General Manager Meetings this week.

The Red Sox are in the market for at least one big bat this winter and have an opening for a first base/designated hitter type, so it's not a surprise that Santana is on their radar. They've also been predicted as a possible landing spot for Eric Hosmer, but Santana would come a lot cheaper.
Mon, Nov 13, 2017 10:05:00 AM

Indians extended a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer to 1B Carlos Santana.

Santana is expected to decline in search of a multi-year deal on the open market. The 31-year-old switch-hitter has averaged 24 homers over the past seven seasons and owns a .365 career on-base percentage. He's an interesting alternative for teams who miss out on Eric Hosmer.
Mon, Nov 6, 2017 03:48:00 PM

Carlos Santana blasted a two-run homer in Monday's loss to the Yankees.

Luis Severino had held the Tribe off the scoreboard for the first three innings before Santana's shot over the center-field wall in the fourth got Cleveland their first two tallies. Roberto Perez added a solo shot of his own, but that's all the Indians could put together. Santana has a hit in all four games so far and is getting on base at a .389 clip.
Mon, Oct 9, 2017 11:02:00 PM

Carlos Santana went 3-for-4 with three singles during Wednesday's defeat of the Twins.

Santana is in peak form heading into the playoffs. He limped along with a .238 batting average in the first half of the season but is at .297 since the All Star break. For the season he is slashing .263/.368/.464 with 23 home runs, 78 RBI and 90 runs scored in 150 games.
Wed, Sep 27, 2017 11:33:00 PM