Slugging first baseman Carlos Santana has reached a deal with the Phillies worth $60-million over three years, with a club option for a fourth season. The deal is pending a physical and comes on the heels of the Phillies trading Freddy Galvis to San Diego for a Double-A pitching prospect.
On a busy Friday, the Phillies also announced that the deals with Tommy Hunter and Pat Neshek are now official.
In 2016, Santana hit a career-high 34 home runs and added 23 more last season to give him a total of 174 career home runs over all or part of eight major league seasons. When playing at least 100 games, Santana has never hit less than 18 home runs per season and that was back in 2012, his second full season in the majors. He also had 19 home runs in 2015.
A switch-hitter, Santana is known for his plate discipline and led the American League in walks in 2014, drawing 113 walks and striking out 124 times. He walked 108 times the following season with 122 strikeouts. His career on-base percentage is .365 and he has a career .445 slugging percentage.
Santana, 31, was originally signed as a catcher by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004, but never played in the majors with L.A. Just before the 2008 trade deadline, Santana was shipped to Cleveland along with Jonathan Meloan for Casey Blake and cash considerations. All of Santana’s major league time has been with the Indians.
Santana hasn’t been behind the plate since 2014 when he caught 11 games for Cleveland, but he did play seven games in right field last season. He has also played third base (26 games in 2014) and has played one game in left field.
Rhys Hoskins will now move from first base to left field for the Phillies, which will further add to the glut of young outfielders that the team has. It’s likely that the Phillies will look to deal one of them for pitching help. The Phillies have reportedly also been talking with Baltimore about acquiring Manny Machado, but that deal has seemed to cool in recent days.
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