Jon Heyman reported today that the Philadelphia Phillies and Carlos Santana came to terms on a contract this afternoon, with details from Ken Rosenthal confirming the value and length of the contract.
Sources: phillies agree to deal with Carlos Santana— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 15, 2017
The contract’s guaranteed value means the Indians will receive a compensatory pick after the first round of the 2018 draft.
Carlos Santana was one of the best available hitters on the free agent market this season, while also coming off of a career-best year defensively at first base. The Indians first made a qualifying offer to Santana, then reports surfaced that they followed that up with a 3-year, $36M deal. The Indians were given an opportunity to match any offer made to Santana; the news today, combined with what we previously knew the Indians offered, suggest that Carlos Santana has played his last game in an Indians uniform.
This creates a little bit of roster intrigue in Philadelphia. Rhys Hoskins is either a promising young first baseman/left fielder or the second coming of Joe DiMaggio depending on whom you ask. Early indications are that Hoskins will likely slide to the outfield, with Santana taking infield duties. Given that he’s coming off of a gold-glove worthy season, I don’t see it going any other way.
In his 8-year career with Cleveland, Santana hit .249/.365/.445. He provided 24.5 bWAR during that span, while
homering traveling to Cloud City 174 times. Santana, known for his patience at the plate, led the entire league in walks in 2014 with 113.
While certain groups of Indians fans were ambivalent about Santana, I think it is safe to say that the editorial position of Let’s Go Tribe is that he will be dearly missed. I will leave the definitive word to Jason Lukehart, but for now, I’d like to wish him luck on all of his future trips to Cloud City.