The first big-ticket free agent has made his decision and that is Carlos Santana, as he has struck a deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Santana has reached a deal for three years and $60 million dollars.
Santana’s deal is $60M for 3 years with philly— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) 15 de diciembre de 2017
Santana a first baseman and catcher with the Cleveland Indians since debuting in 2010, became a very important part of the Cleveland team that has made it to the playoffs in consecutive years and the World Series in 2016.
The 31-year-old is a switch-hitting .249 lifetime hitter and has hit over 20 homers in five of his eight seasons in the MLB.
Santana will now join a team led by Odubel Herrera, Maikel Franco, Rhys Hoskins, and Cesar Hernández.
The Dominican player is the first big player acquisition of the off-season, and his deal for $20 million a year will help other players like Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez land huge deals as his deal is above what many expected, informed Heyman.
Santana becomes the first big position player to go off the board. $20M annual salary is well above projections. Bodes well for Hosmer— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) 15 de diciembre de 2017
According to Jesse Sánchez of MLB.com, Phillies would also get a team option for a fourth year worth $17.5 million dollars.
Source: In additon to Carlos Santana’s three year, $60 million deal with the Phillies, there’s also a $17.5 million team option.— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) 15 de diciembre de 2017
The Phillies close to an hour before traded Freddy Galvis to the Padres for a pitching prospect, as they plan to bring J.P. Crawford, their most valuable prospect, up to the Big Leagues to be the everyday shortstop.
Santana should become the leader of a team that has lacked veteran leadership in the past few years, as they have been in rebuilding mode and are probably at least a year away from competing for a playoff spot.
The Indians will now have to scramble after losing their everyday first basemen, and will probably try hard to sign Jay Bruce who did a great job for them after being traded by the Mets to Cleveland.
Logan Morrison is another player the Indians have been talking to.