Twins to sign Carlos Santana

Twins to sign Carlos Santana

The twins reportedly agree with Carlos Santana With a one-year contract. The veteran first baseman, an Octagon client, is guaranteed $5.25 million in a deal that also includes performance incentives. Minnesota will need to make a corresponding 40-man move once the deal is finalized.

At the start of the offseason, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said the team was open to adding at first base. This came three months before there was a dearth of activity on the trade and free agent fronts. With the expected payroll cut as they anticipated a decline in their local broadcast revenues, the Twins made essentially no acquisitions.

Things started moving this week with a trade for the second baseman Jorge Polanco To the Mariners for the return of four players. Two players are back in the Twin Cities – Redeemer Justin Tuba And the beginning Anthony DeSclafani – Addressed part of the throwing depth that the team lost Sonny Gray, Kenta Maeda, Tyler Mahle And Emilio Pagan Signature elsewhere.

The trade heralded a free agent acquisition on the player side, as Falvey admitted shortly after it was completed. Minnesota dumped Polanco’s $10.5 million salary. They restored Topa’s $1.25 million deal and assumed $4 million of the $12 million owed to DeSclafani for next season. This netted them a cost savings of $5.25 million, which is the exact amount they are now committing to Santana.

Moving Polanco indirectly opened the door for a defensively limited hitter. Edward Julian He now has a path to daily reps at second base. Julian will still see some action at designated hitter but won’t log nearly as many at-bats there as he would if Polanco was still on the roster. Santana and Alex Kirillov The majority of playing time should be shared between the DH and first base.

Even as he approaches his 38th birthday, Santana is better suited to play in the outfield than at DH. He remains a solid defender at first base. Statcast and Defensive Runs Saved typically rate him a little better than average with the glove. DRS estimated he was 11 points above average a year ago, while Statcast has him at +2 points.

Defense is a big part of Santana’s value. He’s a solid hitter but doesn’t have the type of offensive firepower typically associated with the position. He’s coming off a .240/.318/.429 showing across 619 plate appearances split between the Pirates and Brewers. He hit 23 home runs, 33 doubles, and had his first triple in four years.

This offensive production was basically league average, as measured by wRC+. He was also rated as an average hitter in 2022, when he compiled a .202/.316/.376 line in 506 plate appearances between the Royals and Mariners. While his three-pointer slash stats were slightly higher in ’23 than they were the year before, the offense was up across the league. (The league OPS jumped from .707 to .734.) American Family Field in Milwaukee, where Santana finished last season, is a far better place to hit batters than any of the parks he called home two years ago.

The park’s adjusted metrics didn’t feel like Santana took a big step forward at the plate. The market clearly shared this sentiment, as it valued it fairly similarly as it did a year ago. His 2024 salary is slightly less than the $6.725 million guaranteed to him under his one-year deal with Pittsburgh.

Santana, who was a switch-hitter, was more effective from the right side. Over the past two seasons, he has a .266/.370/.430 line in 303 games against left-handed pitching. That’s slightly better than his .208/.298/.397 showing against righties. Santana’s recent productivity versus the southpaws is attractive for a club that struggled somewhat in this regard a year ago. Minnesota had a .244/.330/.432 batting line against right-handers while hitting .241/.313/.414 against lefties.

Let’s say Byron Buxton He could play center field most days, which is the current expectation, as most of Minnesota’s interior DH possibilities hit from the left side. Exterior corner of the triangle Max Kepler, Valner died And Trevor Larnach They are all left-handed batsmen, as is Kirillov. Santana completes the set from a handedness perspective.

And perhaps most importantly, it was incredibly durable. Santana has remarkably been on the injured list just once since 2014 (minimal stay due to ankle bursitis on May 22). He has played in over 130 games in every full schedule since 2011 and appeared in all 60 contests during the shortened season. That kind of reliability fits well with Kirillov, a talented hitter who has struggled with various injuries to this point in his career.

Kirillov has missed time in all three of his MLB campaigns. Right wrist injuries led to lengthy absences in his first two seasons, culminating in season-ending surgeries in both years. He had shoulder problems last season and underwent surgery in October. While he is expected to be ready for spring training, his injury history should be a concern for the front office. His 88 MLB games last season represented a personal high.

Minnesota’s payroll projections jump back to the rough $123 million figure they started with this week, according to Roster Resource calculations. They are reportedly aiming for an opening season payroll of between $125 and $140 million.

Darren Wolfson of Score North It was first reported that the Twins and Santana had agreed to a one-year contract. Jon Heyman of the New York Post She reported a $5.25 million guarantee and included performance bonuses.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports.

(Tags for translation)Carlos Santana

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *