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Cleveland Indians to pick up Carlos Santana’s $12 million option for 2017

Slamtana will return to Cleveland for another season.

World Series - Cleveland Indians v Chicago Cubs - Game Four Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

As expected, the Cleveland Indians will pick up Carlos Santana’s $12 million option for the 2017 season.

Santana is coming off of the best season of his career, belting a career-high 34 home runs in a career-high 688 plate appearances split between first base and designated hitter. His 132 wOBA in 2016 also tied a career-best mark set back in 2013 when the Indians made an improbable run to the AL Wild Card.

Santana even got some time in left field during the World Series for only the second time in his career. He was not challenged much in his time there, but he did not make himself look like a fool either, which is all we can really ask out of a guy who normally spends his time either on the bench or at first base when his team is on the field.

This option came as part of a deal Santana signed back in 2012 that gave the Indians five more years of the then-26-year-old catcher they acquired for half of a season of Casey Blake in 2008. Santana made $8.25 million in 2016.

It is still unknown how this will impact potential negotiations with Mike Napoli, the 35-year-old 1B/DH whom the Indians to a one-year deal this past offseason. Given Napoli’s precipitous drop in production throughout September and into the playoffs, it seems unlikely the Indians will extend a qualifying offer to him. But a lesser deal could be struck to ensure the Indians bring back both their 30 home run hitters from 2016 into the folder for one more run in 2017.