The 2015 season has not gone exactly how Carlos Santana probably planned. While of course he'd have wanted a better showing from the Indians in the standings, Santana also couldn't have been expecting to have such a down season personally, with career low numbers.
Santana hit .231/.365/.427 last year, with 27 home runs and 85 RBI's. The switch-hitter posted a very good 129 wRC+, and all signs pointed to even more of a breakout this year. Here we are three -quarters of the way through the season, and Santana has a slash line of .229/.354/.387, with a 109 wRC+, which isn't horrific, but is a far cry from what we expected. Santana's uber-patience at the plate has riled some fans for years, but this year for some reason his approach at the plate comes off even a bit more prodding.
There have also been his struggles defensively at first base, where he's been all year (instead of being bounced around from catcher to third base to first base). Santana has appeared lackadaisical too often and even Terry Francona called him out regarding his defensive performance and work ethic.
What's in the cards for Carlos? Even with his club-friendly contract, will he stay with the Indians? Will he move positions again? Will he ever put it all together at the plate and become the monster OPS guy we've hoped he'd become?
Let's look at some Vegas-style prop bets on Santana's future:
Traded this offseason (7 to 1)
With that contract and his pseudo-flexibility defensively, Santana has plenty of value around the league. A change of scenery is certainly not out of the question.
Indians first baseman on Opening Day in 2016 (2 to 1)
Small odds and rightfully so. While he's not entirely loved by fans and possibly the Tribe's brass, who else would man first base? Chris Johnson? Jesus Aguilar? A free agent signing?
Becomes a full-time DH in 2016 (5 to 1)
He's athletic enough to stay at first base and I'm sure the Indians would prefer him to continue to earn that spot rather than just DH.
Finishes 2016 season with the Tribe and remains a starter all year (4 to 1)
Again, if Carlos is not traded, who else would take his at-bats?
Stays in Cleveland for his entire career (15 to 1)
Sucker bet? The club holds an option in 2017 and then Santana would theoretically hit free agency. Would the Indians look to bring him back in his 30's?
So which Santana props stand out to you? Which odds would you cash in on? How does Santana's story end up here in Cleveland?