Brewers player who won't be back next year #4: 1B Carlos Santana
Carlos Santana was a nice veteran addition at the Trade Deadline. He performed about as expected, hitting .249/.314/.459 with the Crew, slugging 11 homers with a 109 OPS+. He improved the Crew's first base production and brought solid defense.
At the same time, Santana is still nearing the end of his career. He's going to turn 38 years old early next season and is a free agent this winter. There's still some juice in the bat but the Brewers aren't going to be the team that brings Santana back to have as their everyday first base option next year.
At this point, Santana will find a team that's not likely to contend that needs someone to fill out the lineup card that they can then flip at the Trade Deadline to a contender. That's what the Pirates did with him this year, flipping him to Milwaukee as a rental bat. He's in line for a similar situation this offseason and the Brewers are going to let him walk.
Santana hit a couple of big career milestones with Milwaukee, reaching 1,000 career RBIs and 300 career home runs in a Brewers uniform.
He did a great job, but Santana's status in Milwaukee was always temporary. The Brewers are going to look elsewhere for their starting first baseman in 2024.