Phillies sign Carlos Santana for 3 years, $20M


The Philadelphia Phillies were among the teams with interest in Carlos Santana. Will be updated.Two people familiar with the situation say the Phillies and veteran first baseman Carlos Santana have agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal. The 31-year-old Santana hit 23 home runs and had 79 RBIs with Cleveland last season, where he had spent all eight years of his career. Most fans expected Santana to re-sign with the Tribe.

A more hitter-friendly home park should provide a boost to Santana's already solid-to-very good power numbers, including a.196 isolated power mark for his career.

After finishing in last place in the bad National League East, the Phillies have signed two veteran relievers - Pat Neshek and Tommy Hunter - and now they've added Santana for their lineup.

J.P. Crawford, a first-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft, will take over at shortstop. He joins a core of position players in Philly that also includes Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Altherr, Nick Williams and Maikel Franco.

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Philadelphia is putting together a curious and unexpected offseason.

The trade of Galvis is an emotional hit for the Phillies. But many fans had speculated that second baseman Cesar Hernandez would be the one to be traded because he was the more attractive trade prospect.

Joining a team going through rebuilding mode like Philadelphia seems like a huge risk for someone like Santana when taking into consideration the Cleveland Indians have been considered serious World Series contenders each of the last two seasons, and even came close to winning it all in 2016.

In other moves Friday, the Phillies made it official and announced they had signed relievers Pat Neshek ($16.5 million) and Tommy Hunter ($18 million).