Santana has spent his entire career with the Cleveland Indians, where he has played at least 143 games in seven straight seasons while seeing time at multiple positions (catcher, first base, third base, right field) over that span. If we guess Santana will play first base and Hoskins will be the primary left fielder, the Phillies now have two potential impact corner outfielders to dangle in a trade for pitching help: Aaron Altherr or Nick Williams.
Santana was one of the top bats on the market, coming in at No. 9 on Ben Reiter's list of free agents available this winter. He batted.259 with 23 homers and 79 RBIs last season.
Young players such as J.P. Crawford, Scott Kingery, Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola, Odubel Herrera, and Jorge Alfaro nearly mirror the previous core of Jimmy Rollins, Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino, and Carlos Ruiz from the glorious 2008 run.
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With no option to DH almost every day in the National League, Santana could see time at first base, third base and the corner outfield spots with the Phillies. The 2018 free agent class is one of the most talented in years, and if they want a shot at signing Manny Machado or Bryce Harper, those players need to know that they're in competition mode.
The Phils have agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with former Cleveland Indian Carlos Santana, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia's Jim Salisbury.
So, general manager Matt Klentak has started making moves. Santana has limited experience in the outfield as well and has caught 330 games in his career, but he hasn't been behind the plate since 2014. After their success in the second half of last season (they went 37-38, which is a massive improvement), it's easy to see why they're getting serious.