Free-agent Carlos Santana is headed to the City of Brotherly Love. Santana and the Philadelphia Phillies have agreed on a three-year contract totaling $60 million. The deal will also include a team option in 2021 with a figure of $17.5 million.
Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com first reported on the deal, which hasn’t been finalized yet due to an impending physical Santana still needs to complete. The former Cleveland ballplayer spent eight seasons with the Indians, debuting back in 2010 as a catcher, and has been an impact player ever since.
Now playing first base, the 31-year-old has also dabbled in some designated hitter and outfield roles, but moving to the National League will make his hitting even more important. In his last season in Cleveland, Santana batted a .259/.363/.455 line, notching 23 home runs on top of that.
In each of his eight seasons in the majors, Santana has never posted an on-base percentage lower than .351, making him a constant threat each time he comes to the plate. For a team like the Phillies who have been looking for more scoring, he will make a welcome acquisition.
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If and when the trade holds, Cleveland will get a pick in next year’s draft somewhere in between the first round and Competitive Balance Round A next June. Santana previously declined a $17.4 million extension with the Indians, and because his new deal is more than $50 million, the Indians are not eligible to also receive a pick in the Competitive Balance Round B.
Also, since the Phillies didn’t receive revenue sharing or exceed the league’s luxury tax last season, they will also lose their second round pick in 2018, as well as $500,000 in international bonus pool money because of Santana’s acquisition.