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Carlos Santana | First Baseman | #41

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LA
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Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI against the Twins on Thursday.
Santana is hitting a modest .254/.315/.433, but he already has 13 RBI, which is pretty stunning given that all 15 of his starts have come from the leadoff spot. Apr 20 - 5:47 PM

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Carlos Santana went 3-for-6 with a double, a home run and four RBI in Saturday's lopsided win over the Tigers.

Santana had just three hits in his previous seven games before Saturday's outburst. The homer, a two-run blast in the second inning, was his second of the year. He's now got 10 RBI from the Indians' leadoff spot. The 31-year-old will need a few more games like that to get his line up to a respectable number, as he's still hitting a pedestrian .224/.296/.429 through 11 games.
Apr 16 - 12:01 AM

Carlos Santana is staring in right field for Friday's series-opener against the Diamondbacks in Arizona.

Without the benefit of a designated hitter, Santana was eager to volunteer to play in the outfield and will get his first crack on Friday. He's off to a very nice start at the dish in 2017, slashing .417/.533/.833 with a homer and four RBI in his first three games.
Apr 7 - 6:49 PM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports the Indians will look to extend Carlos Santana's contract before he hits free agency.

Santana is in the final year of a six-year, $31.8 million deal. The 32-year-old set career-highs with 34 homers and 87 RBI last season. Heyman believes Santana's next contract will be similar to ones signed by Kendrys Morales (three years, $33 million) and Mark Trumbo (three years, $37.5 million) this past offseason. For now, it's unclear if Santana would take a hometown discount to return to the only team he's ever played for.
Apr 6 - 6:16 PM

Carlos Santana delivered a first-inning solo home run in Tuesday's game at Texas and he finished 2-for-4 with a walk and a pair of RBI.

Santana is off to a good start in the leadoff spot for manager Terry Francona, posting a pair of multi-hit games to kick off the season while driving in three runs. Fantasy owners might not be thrilled to see him at the top of the lineup, but so far he has been very productive and he is getting plenty of chances to drive in runs.
Apr 4 - 11:56 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Carlos Santana is likely to bat leadoff to begin the season.

Santana made 85 starts out of the leadoff spot last season and 59 out of the fifth spot. He's probably the best option to leadoff at this time, but things could change once the Indians have all of their regulars back in the lineup.
Mar 29 - 1:55 PM

Carlos Santana went 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Saturday's Cactus League loss to the White Sox.

Santana made Zack Burdi pay with one on and one out in the fifth inning, taking the pitcher deep for his first tater of the spring. This past campaign was perhaps Santana's best in the majors on the whole, as the veteran slugger slashed .259/.366/.498 with 34 home runs and 87 RBI across 582 at-bats. Both the home run and RBI marks were the best of his career. Santana has hit double-digit home runs in each of his six full seasons in the bigs.
Mar 25 - 7:05 PM

Indians Manager Terry Francona plans to use Carlos Santana as the Indians' primary first baseman this year.

This means free agent acquisition Edwin Encarnacion will spend most of his time as the designated hitter. Santana served as the Indians' DH in most games last season. He has expressed a desire to play some outfield this year but so far has not been deployed there in spring training.
Mar 4 - 8:40 PM

Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in Monday's 3-2 victory over the Rangers.

Santana has been mentioned as a candidate to play some outfield this year, but he was manning first base today. He enjoyed the best season of his career in 2016 by batting .259/.366/.498 with 34 home runs, 87 RBI and 89 runs scored.
Feb 27 - 10:35 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said that for the time being, the team has no plans to utilize Carlos Santana as an outfielder.

Santana, himself, said in a radio interview earlier in February that he planned on playing the outfield at times this coming season. That may still come to fruition, but it is not in the Indians' immediate plans. For his career, the 30-year-old has seen just two plate appearances as a left fielder, none in right or center.
Feb 22 - 5:07 PM

Carlos Santana said in an interview on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio on Friday that he plans on playing some in the outfield in 2017.

Santana made a couple starts in the outfield in the playoffs last season even though he'd never previously started a game there in the majors. How much time he ultimately sees in the outfield this upcoming season remains to be seen, but it would give manager Terry Francona some additional flexibility and potentially add another position of eligibility for Santana for fantasy purposes.
Feb 10 - 11:05 AM

Indians exercised their $12 million option on 1B/DH Carlos Santana.

Santana registered a cool .865 OPS with 34 home runs and 87 RBI in 158 regular-season games this season for Cleveland before slugging three home runs in the playoffs. $12 million is a bargain for his brand of power bat. Santana can become a free agent next November. He turns 31 years old next April.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 01:24:00 PM

Carlos Santana went 1-for-4 with an RBI single and a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs in Game 7 of the World Series.

The Indians largely struggled on offense early, but Santana was involved in two of their notable rallies. In the third inning, he picked up an RBI single to temporarily knot the score at 1-1. He next made his presence felt in the fifth, drawing a two-out walk against Kyle Hendricks. Hendricks would exit the game after issuing that free pass, while Santana would eventually come around to score on a Jon Lester wild pitch. The score sat at a manageable 5-3 disadvantage after five innings. The Cubs would score once more on a David Ross solo homer before Cleveland came roaring back to tie with three runs in the eighth inning. They would ultimately fall after allowing two runs to the Cubbies in the 10th inning.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 01:04:00 AM

Carlos Santana clubbed three hits including a solo homer Saturday in the Indians' win over the Cubs in Game 4 of the World Series.

Terry Francona made a tough choice by benching Mike Napoli for Santana at first base. Santana responded by having his best game of the postseason. He gave the Indians’ their first run of the night on a mammoth blast to right field in the second inning. Santana continued the carnage with two more base hits including an infield single that almost decapitated left-hander Mike Montgomery. Santana drew the start in left field on Friday and will probably be back there in Game 5 with Napoli returning to his normal post at first base.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Carlos Santana is starting in left field and batting leadoff for the Indians on Friday in Game 3 of the World Series.

Santana has played just one game in the outfield in the majors and that was back in 2012. He's shagged flies the last few days and evidently looked comfortable enough that the Indians are willing to take a hit on defense in order to keep his bat in the lineup. The Tribe's full batting order is as follows: Santana LF, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Coco Crisp LF, Roberto Perez C, Tyler Naquin CF, Josh Tomlin P.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 03:57:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Austin Jackson
RF1Abraham Almonte
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Cody Anderson
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Boone Logan
7Nick Goody