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The Philadelphia Phillies have agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, according to multiple reports. The people spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because the agreement is contingent on Santana passing a physical.
The sound the Washington Nationals have been hearing this month from just up I-95 North is the Philadelphia Phillies, long considered a sleeping giant in baseball for their strong financial health and accelerating rebuilding effort, slowly roaring to life.
Santana batted.259 with 23 homers and 79 RBIs last season with the AL Central champions. He started as a catcher in 2010 and shifted to first base in 2015.
Santana is a player with excellent contact and walk rates as well as average to above average power and strong defense. He joins a core of position players in Philly that also includes Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Altherr, Nick Williams and Maikel Franco.
Even with a glut of solid first basemen available to teams this winter, including Eric Hosmer, Logan Morrison and Mitch Moreland, Santana is a standout in that group because of his ability to hit, get on base and save runs with his glove.
J.P. Crawford, a first-round pick in the 2013 amateur draft, will take over at shortstop.
The switch-hitting Santana gives the team a disciplined power hitter to protect Hoskins.