What Carlos Santana's Reported Deal With Phillies Means For Red Sox

Lynette Rowe
December 16, 2017

Just minutes after news of the Santana signing broke, the Angels announced that they had a three-year deal with Zack Cozart, the top shortstop on the market, who will likely play third base to complete the Angels' infield remodel that began with this week's trade for Ian Kinsler. He hit.259/.363/.455 with 23 homers previous year, and.259/.366/.498 with 34 homers in 2016. This seems to suggest that Boston actually had legitimate interest in the longtime Cleveland Indians first baseman/designated hitter and weren't simply kicking the tires for the sake of covering their bases.

Santana, who has a.249 career batting average and.445 slugging percentage, is expected to play first base for Philadelphia.

If nothing else, adding Santana in the National League means breakout 2017 sensation Rhys Hoskins (18 home runs in 170 at-bats) will be playing left field rather than first base going forward. He was a Gold Glove finalist this year. But if the Phillies do in fact begin to move in the right direction in 2018 while earning respect from teams across the league as actual contenders, this move could payoff big time for Santana in the long run.

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But the trade opens a spot for Phillies rookie shortstop J.P. Crawford.

The switch-hitting Santana gives the team a disciplined power hitter to protect Hoskins. They were 35-35 in the last 70 games and 39-37 overall against NL East opponents. He has averaged 24 home runs and 81 RBI per season over the last seven seasons, with a 162-game average of 25 home runs and 85 RBI as well as an.810 OPS.

Santana's departure is a big loss for Cleveland, which led the AL with 102 wins during the regular season but lost to the New York Yankees in a Division Series.

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