Indians sign Santana to 5-year deal

By | April 11, 2012 9:01 am | 0 Comments

 

Call it a win-win.

Carlos Santana might have felt like he received a nice — if not a few days late — birthday gift from the Cleveland Indians. But it’s the Tribe front office that should feel like its been rewarded with a sweet deal.

Just days after Asdrubal Cabrera signed an extension with the Indians, Santana and the Indians agreed to a five-year contract worth $21 million Tuesday, two days after the catcher’s birthday.

Cleveland got the hometown discount with Santana, one of the top power-hitting catchers in the game just more than a year into his major league career. Santana led the Indians with 27 home runs and 97 walks last season, to go along with 79 RBIs. His batting average surely will rise above the .250 mark as he gets more experience and develops more patience at the plate.

The fact the Indians spell the switch-hitter at catcher by having him man first base and plugging him in at DH on occasion can only help prolong his career as catcher.

The next two players the Tribe likely will be looking to lock up to multi-year deals are right fielder Shin-Soo Choo and starter Justin Masterson.

Choo, who is a free agent after next season, is represented by Scott Boras, who likes his clients to test free agency unless they have a strong desire to stay with their current club.

–Tony Battaglia

 

 

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