Well, Indians fans don’t have Carlos Santana to kick around anymore. Long a favorite target of those who don’t take with SABR-metrics, Carlos Santana was believed by many to be a bum because he didn’t hit for a high enough average, or enough home runs. All he did was get on base at an astounding rate, with a career OBP of .365.
3/$60M is a pretty nice payday for a bum.
Now the Indians have to figure out how to fill a Carlos Santana-sized hole.
Reactions to Santana Signing with the Phillies
Ho! Ho! Ho! Carlos Santana finds $60 million under the tree, Cleveland Indians still searching | cleveland.com - If they had traded Jason Kipnis earlier in the offseason - and make no doubt they're shopping their second baseman/outfielder - maybe they could have stopped Carlos Santana from going to Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon with the best Christmas present of his life - a three-year $60 million deal.
Carlos Santana headed to Philadelphia: Indians fans react on social media | cleveland.com - -Carlos Santana is headed to Philadelphia. Here's social media reaction from Cleveland Indians fans following the move.
Free agent Carlos Santana leaving Indians to sign with Phillies; Tribe signs Melvin Upton Jr. to minor-league deal - With Santana gone, the Indians will have to figure out how they’ll handle first base. One internal option would be to move an outfielder — Michael Brantley or Lonnie Chisenhall — to first base. Or the Indians could look to some of the less expensive free-agent options available.
Cleveland Indians Scribbles: Carlos Santana, trade rumbings -- Terry Pluto | cleveland.com - The Cleveland Indians came close to making a trade believed to be with the Chicago Cubs. It still could happen.
Phillies Add Carlos Santana, Strange Fit | FanGraphs Baseball - But there’s no way around this; the fit in Philly is weird and doesn’t really make sense. Santana is a short-term value, a guy who can help a team win right now, but probably won’t age extremely well.
Carlos Santana Makes It a Crowd in Philly | FanGraphs Baseball - If you estimate the cost of a win to be $8 million this offseason, assume that inflation is roughly 5% a year, and use Santana’s projected wins total for 2018 while adding a generic aging curve, you arrive at an estimated value of $68 million for three years of the first baseman.
Carlos Santana signing a significant step in Phillies' rebuild - While at first glance it might seem like an awkward fit on a team that had 2017 rookie star Rhys Hoskins penciled in at first base, it’s actually a clever and creative move by Phillies general manager Matt Klentak.
The Phillies’ signing of Carlos Santana changes everything - The Good Phight - It's time to win.