The Philadelphia Phillies have signed first baseman Carlos Santana to a 3 year, $60 million deal. Santana was a long time Cleveland Indian, who ended his Indian career with a bang last season. Santana has the reputation of grinding out at-bats, and his veteran presence. His defense also made a major improvement as well, nearly winning his first Gold Glove Award.
It will be interesting to see where the rookie sensation Rhys Hoskins will play, now that Santana will most likely be the everyday first baseman. Hoskins has had experience playing in the outfield, which is where I suspect he will start in 2018.
This is the Phillies’ second big move of the day, coming after the trade of shortstop Freddy Galvis to the Padres. Carlos Santana now has received the biggest contract so far this offseason, but that is likely to change with players such as J.D. Martinez and Yu Darvish, who are still available.
Being a die hard Indians fan, I want to thank Carlos Santana for the eight seasons he spent here. Carlos was an everyday grinder who refuses to back down to a challenge, and has really helped our young players improve their game and everyday mindset. It will be an emotional day for most of us in Northeast Ohio, but I want to wish him the very best in Philly! Thank you Carlos!