Free agent first baseman Carlos Santana has reportedly signed a three-year, $60 million contract. The switch hitting Santana has spent the last eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians, and has pounded 174 HR and 587 RBI during that time. He has a lifetime OBP of .365, and hit .259 with 23 HR and 79 RBI in 154 games for the AL Central Champions.
At 32 years of age, Santana is going to offer a veteran, productive hitter to the middle of the Phillies lineup.
As of today, the Phillies have three first baseman: Santana, Tommy Joseph, and Rhys Hoskins. With no DH in the National League, it appears as though Joseph or Hoskins are on their way out of town soon. Hoskins is more versatile than Joseph (he played in LF after his call-up last season), but both of these players are offering depth to the roster and presumably can be flipped for other pieces that are needed to continue the rebuild.
My bet is that Tommy Joseph has played his last game in South Philly.
Carlos Santana photo courtesy of Major League Baseball
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