Philadelphia Phillies: Carlos Santana can elevate Philly to a whole new level
On Friday the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to terms with switch-hitting first baseman Carlos Santana to a 3-year, $60 million deal. This move not only brings in a veteran presence to a really young team. However, he adds playoff and World Series experience to a roster that’s still getting its feet wet in the big leagues.
Santana smashed 34 homers and recorded a .259 average in 2017. He has also been extremely durable during his MLB career. Santana has only missed 10 games in a season once in the last five seasons. The most number of missed games came in 2012 when he missed 19. This excludes his 2010 season, where he only participated in 46 games.
This move carries a ton of weight with the Phillies fan base. Santana gives Philly a potential all-star to its roster and will provide its young talented lineup with a player who’s made the proper adjustments over the past several years. Santana had a .268 BA in 2013, but in 2014 and 2015 he only managed a .231 mark. In 2016 and 2017, he achieved a .259 average.
His strikeouts have gone down as well. In 2014 and 2015, the former Indian had 124 and 122 strikeouts, respectively. But, in 2016 and 2017, he improved with only 99 and 94 strikeouts, respectively.
He has made the necessary corrections to his game. Santana can provide some key elements of his daily routine with the younger players. In turn, this can guide the team to much better seasons down the road.
The Phils needed a veteran that’s still young enough to produce at a high level for years to come. Santana fits the bill.
Philadelphia had one of the lowest payrolls in MLB. So, it made sense for them to be aggressive and shell out some money to help speed up their rebuilding process.
At the end of the day, this move is just the tip of the iceberg. The Phillies are sure to meet the benefits of their ability to make smart moves for the present and the future.