As one of the most coveted free agents on the market, Carlos Santana will have suitors lined up out the door trying to sign the 34 year old first baseman.
The 2019 All-Star had a bit of a down year in Cleveland and the Indians decided to decline his $17.5MM option. He posted an average below .200 for the first time in his career but still maintained an OBP of .349 which is above league average.
The major reason he recorded that high of an OBP during an underperforming season was because of his AL-leading 47 walks drawn. Santana has always had a keen eye at the plate, registering over 100 walks in a season four times in his 11 year career and that’s only a part of what makes him so good.
And when he does get into one, take note of the exit velocity because Santana hit 60 baseballs with an exit velocity of 95+ mph last season, better than the likes of Tim Anderson, Justin Turner and Ronald Acuna Jr.
Prior to the madness that was the 2019 season, Carlos Santana had driven in 75 or more runs six seasons in a row. With the Brewers coming at 24th out of 30 teams in the RBI category last year, you’d be hard pressed to find a Brewer fan that doesn’t like what this guy brings to the table. Add on the fact that he’s a switch hitter, which adds to his versatility that much more and gives Craig Counsell the opportunity to be flexible with Santana in his spot in the lineup.
We don’t have Drew Carey writing stories here at Reviewing the Brew, so we don’t know if the price is right, but the 2019 Silver Slugger winner is among the most desired names out there right now and would ensure some pop and quality at-bats at a much needed position for the Crew.