Carlos Santana Chooses Philadelphia

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.

Carlos Santana career stats
Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG
2010 CLE 46 192 150 23 39 13 0 6 22 3 37 29 .260 .401 .467
2011 CLE 155 658 552 84 132 35 2 27 79 5 97 133 .239 .351 .457
2012 CLE 143 609 507 72 128 27 2 18 76 3 91 101 .252 .365 .420
2013 CLE 154 642 541 75 145 39 1 20 74 3 93 110 .268 .377 .455
2014 CLE 152 660 541 68 125 25 0 27 85 5 113 124 .231 .365 .427
2015 CLE 154 666 550 72 127 29 2 19 85 11 108 122 .231 .357 .395
2016 CLE 158 688 582 89 151 31 3 34 87 5 99 99 .259 .366 .498
2017 CLE 154 667 571 90 148 37 3 23 79 5 88 94 .259 .363 .455
8 Yr 8 Yr 1116 4782 3994 573 995 236 13 174 587 40 726 812 .249 .365 .445
162 162 162 694 580 83 144 34 2 25 85 6 105 118 .249 .365 .445
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/15/2017.

Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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