Phillies sign Carlos Santana to massive contract

Phillies sign Carlos Santana to massive contract

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The Indians fall short in keeping first baseman Carlos Santana as he lands with the Phillies on a reported three year deal worth sixty million dollars according to Fanrag's Jon Heyman. Will be updated.Two people familiar with the situation say the Phillies and veteran first baseman Carlos Santana have agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal.

Santana is a player with excellent contact and walk rates as well as average to above average power and strong defense. He was a Gold Glove finalist this year. Last season Santana hit.259 while slugging 23 home runs.

The 31-year-old owns a career.365 on-base percentage and likely will take over starting duties at first base, meaning Rhys Hoskins will presumably transition to an everyday left fielder.

But Santana represented a cheaper alternative - Martinez and Hosmer are expected to sign five- or six-year contracts in excess of $100 million - and his consistency and durability over the last seven seasons are matched by few players across Major League Baseball.

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The Phillie's current outfield pairing of Odubel Herrera, Aaron Altherr, and Nick Williams is one of the most athletic collections of players in the league, with young ballhawks like Roman Quinn and Adam Haseley waiting patiently in the minors.

Santana has a.213 average with four homers and eight RBIs in 21 career postseason games.

Maikel Franco led the Phillies with 24 homers last season and Hoskins hit 18 in only 50 games.

At the time, he was still recovering from the Tribe's loss to the Cubs in the World Series.

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