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Carlos Santana | First Baseman | #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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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

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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

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.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 08:11:00 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.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 06:07:00 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.
Wed, Oct 26, 2016 03:14:00 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.
Tue, Oct 25, 2016 05:04:00 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.
Mon, Oct 24, 2016 06:21:00 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.
Wed, Oct 19, 2016 06:55:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
3B1Jose Ramirez
2Erik Gonzalez
LF1Michael Brantley
2Michael Martinez
CF1Tyler Naquin
2Austin Jackson
3Abraham Almonte
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
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
7Carlos Frias
8Shawn Armstrong
9Nick Goody
10Kyle Crockett