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Carlos Santana | Designated Hitter | #41

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (30) / 4/8/1986
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / LA
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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. Nov 3 - 1:24 PM

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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.
Nov 3 - 1:04 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.
Oct 30 - 12:00 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.
Oct 28 - 3:57 PM

Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes that the Indians are "strongly considering" playing Carlos Santana in left field in Game 3 of the World Series against the Cubs.

Bastian wrote this after speaking with Indians president Chris Antonetti, manager Terry Francona, and bench coach Brad Mills, so it sounds like this could actually happen. Santana worked out in left field on Thursday in preparation for the possible assignment. He's likely to be a big liability defensively, but the Indians are willing to take that hit with the designated hitter unavailable under National League rules. Santana is 0-for-6 with four strikeouts in the World Series and is hitting .143/.250/.314 during the postseason.
Oct 27 - 8:11 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Thursday that he's still weighing over whether to use Carlos Santana in left field.

The Indians won't have the luxury of the designated hitter spot for Games 3, 4, and 5 under National League rules in Chicago, so they are willing to sacrifice some defense to potentially keep Santana in the lineup. The plan calls for him to take some fly balls in left field during a workout on Thursday night. Santana has played just one game in the outfield in the majors, back in 2012.
Oct 27 - 6:07 PM

Carlos Santana will hit out of the leadoff spot in Game 2 of the World Series against the Cubs on Wednesday.

Rajai Davis hit leadoff and Santana hit fifth in Game 1 as the Indians used their standard arrangement against lefties with Jon Lester on the hill, but they are going back to their standard lineup against right-handers in Game 2. The full lineup versus Jake Arrieta: Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Coco Crisp LF, Tyler Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Trevor Bauer is slated to make the start for the Indians after an early exit in the ALCS due to a finger injury.
Oct 26 - 3:14 PM

Indians manager Terry Francona said Tuesday that Carlos Santana "might" play some left field when the World Series shifts to Chicago for Games 3, 4, and 5.

There will be no DH available for the games at Wrigley Field, so Francona will probably have to sacrifice some outfield defense to keep both Santana and Mike Napoli in the starting lineup. Santana, who hasn't played the outfield in a major league game since 2012, was spotted shagging flyballs in left field during the Indians' team workout Monday at Progressive Field. He is at DH and batting fifth in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Oct 25 - 5:04 PM

Carlos Santana shagged some flyballs in left field during the Indians' workout on Monday.

Santana has played just one game in the outfield in the majors and that was back in 2012, but the Indians could stick him in left field for the World Series games played in Chicago with the designated hitter not available. It would obviously be quite a hit to their defense, but they might be willing to deal with it to keep his bat in the lineup.
Oct 24 - 6:21 PM

Carlos Santana rocked a solo home run off Marco Estrada in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Blue Jays in Game 5 of the ALCS.

Santana connected for a solo shot in the third inning to boost the Indians to a 2-0 advantage. Coco Crisp would rap a solo homer of his own one frame later to supply the final run in the 3-0 pennant-clincher. For his part, Santana is now 5-for-29 (.169) in the postseason. He homered twice in the ALCS, also bopping a solo home run in Game 2.
Oct 19 - 6:55 PM

Carlos Santana slugged a solo home run in the Indians' win over the Blue Jays Saturday in Game 2 of the ALCS.

Santana only had one hit on Saturday, but he sure made it count. He got the scoring started in the second inning with a solo shot off J.A. Happ. The 390-foot line drive homer was Santana’s first long ball in six postseason appearances and only his fifth round-tripper as a right-handed hitter this season. He went deep 30 times from the left side during the regular season. Cleveland will try to extend its postseason unbeaten streak when the series shifts to Toronto Monday in Game 3.
Oct 15 - 7:29 PM

Carlos Santana is starting in the designated hitter spot and batting leadoff for the Indians in Friday's ALCS Game 1 versus the Blue Jays.

The Indians are using the same lineup against Marco Estrada that they've been throwing out there versus right-handers. It looks like this: Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Coco Crisp LF, Tyler Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C.
Oct 14 - 4:25 PM

Carlos Santana is at DH and batting leadoff in Game 3 of the ALDS on Monday in Boston.

Rajai Davis hit leadoff in Game 2 against Red Sox left-hander David Price, but Indians manager Terry Francona will go back to Santana in that spot Monday versus right-hander Clay Buchholz. The full Game 3 lineup for the Tribe: Carlos Santana DH, Jason Kipnis 2B, Francisco Lindor SS, Mike Napoli 1B, Jose Ramirez 3B, Lonnie Chisenhall RF, Coco Crisp LF, Tyler Naquin CF, Roberto Perez C. Cleveland is starting righty Josh Tomlin.
Oct 10 - 2:13 PM

Carlos Santana went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored Friday versus the Royals.

Santana gave the Indians the lead by knocking in two runs with a triple in the third inning. He also singled and doubled, so he finished a home run short of the cycle. The 30-year-old put together a monster September and has established new career-highs this season with 34 homers and 87 RBI.
Oct 1 - 12:25 AM

Carlos Santana went 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs in a rain-shortened loss to the Tigers on Wednesday.

He also drew a walk. He doubled home a run in the first inning, and followed that with an RBI-single in the fourth inning. He is batting .256/.362/.489 with 34 home runs and 85 RBI. He is a solid starter in standard leagues and an even better asset in on-base percentage leagues and points leagues.
Sep 29 - 12:41 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Francisco Mejia
4Guillermo Quiroz
5Erik Kratz
1B1Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Erik Gonzalez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Brandon Guyer
3Daniel Robertson
DH1Carlos Santana
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Danny Salazar
4Josh Tomlin
5Trevor Bauer
6Mike Clevinger
7Edwin Escobar
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Andrew Miller
3Bryan Shaw
4Zach McAllister
5Dan Otero
6Kyle Crockett
7Edwin Escobar
8Joseph Colon
9Cody Anderson
10Adam Plutko
11Shawn Armstrong
12Austin Adams
13Perci Garner