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Former Indians 1B Carlos Santana signs with Royals

In accordance with Jon Heyman of the MLB Community, former Cleveland Indians first baseman Carlos Santana has signed with the Kansas Metropolis Royals.

CLEVELAND — Editor’s observe: the video within the participant above is from Dec. 3, 2020.

When the Cleveland Indians declined their crew possibility on first baseman Carlos Santana’s contract, it introduced an finish to his tenure with the crew.

However the 2019 MLB All-Star will not be going far.

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Santana will stay within the American League Central division, having agreed to a two-year contract with the Kansas Metropolis Royals. In accordance with Jon Heyman of the MLB Community, the deal will complete $17 million.

Initially acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in change for Casey Blake, Santana has spent 10 of his 11 seasons on the Main League stage taking part in for the Indians. The lone exception got here when he signed with the Philadelphia Phillies forward of the 2018 season, solely to be traded to Cleveland (by the use of the Seattle Mariners) the next offseason.

Upon returning to the Tribe in 2019, Santana turned in the most effective season of his profession, hitting for a .281 common (.911 OPS), 34 residence runs and 93 RBIs. For his efforts, he was chosen because the American League’s beginning first baseman within the 2019 MLB All-Star Recreation, which was performed at Cleveland’s Progressive Area.

But when 2019 was Santana’s greatest season, 2020 was his worst: Although he performed in all 60 of Cleveland’s regular-season video games and led the AL with 47 walks, Santana hit for a career-low .199 common (.699 OPS, additionally a career-low) with eight residence runs and 30 RBIs. His sharp decline led to the Tribe entrance workplace to go on Santana’s $17.5 million possibility for 2021, and whereas crew President Chris Antonetti didn’t rule out bringing him again on a lesser deal, the 34-year-old opted to depart.

Santana finishes his Indians profession with 216 residence runs, tied with Hal Trosky for fifth-most in membership historical past. His 881 walks are additionally second behind solely the legendary Jim Thome, and through his time in Cleveland he performed a key position on a number of Tribe contenders, together with the 2016 group that received the AL pennant. He’s thought of by a number of observers to be an eventual lock for the crew’s Corridor of Fame.

The Indians tanked Santana for his efforts after the transfer was confirmed Tuesday night.

With Santana headed elsewhere, the Indians will take a look at a variety of choices to interchange him at first base, together with outfielder Josh Naylor and minor league prospects Bobby Bradley and Jake Bauers.


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