Rumor: Phillies interested in Carlos Santana

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In one of those weird rumors that makes little sense until you think about it, but then it just makes 0.002 percent more sense, Jon Morosi tweeted a report (first made by Jon Heyman) that the Phillies and Red Sox were showing “continued interest” in 31-year-old first baseman Carlos Santana.

A free agent, Santana hit .259/.363/.455 last year with the Indians, adding 23 home runs. For his career Santana is a .445 slugger.

There is a scenario where this makes sense. The Phils may be thinking that Rhys Hoskins is staying in left field, and thus with a Tommy Joseph trade (or something), first base opens up. Of course that means the Phils would be then thinking about moving one of the established outfielders for something else (like pitching).

It’s a possible scenario, but it’s not the likely one. Also Santana would likely command a multi-year deal starting at $15 million per season, which doesn’t feel like the type of signing the Phils want to make. More likely this is agent bluster trying to bring up Santana’s value. Either way, it’s rumor season, baby!



  1. Bob

    November 20, 2017 at 7:55 am

    Why? Help is needed on starting pitching, third base, catching (hitting), relief pitching. Probably in this order of importance.

    • Chuck

      November 21, 2017 at 9:00 am

      I love how people are so quick to give up on an extremely talented 25 year old 3rd baseman with an amazing glove and arm. Morons.

  2. Mike Fassano

    November 20, 2017 at 11:33 am

    One day we hear, “We’re looking for positional flexability”, and the next that they’re interested in a one position player (Santana). Don’t believe anything you hear.

    • schmenkman

      November 22, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Positional flexibility allows them to be able to fit in a good hitter like this who’s limited to one position.

  3. John Hurly

    November 20, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    If Joseph had as many at bats as Santana his numbers would be better than Santana.

    Santana is older and would cost 15 mil versus 1/2 mil for Tommy Joseph. Go figure.

  4. Andrew

    November 20, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    Tommy Joseph is horrible!

  5. Henry Bashjian Sr

    November 20, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    No more 31 year old left overs from other organizations! Take my chances with kids!

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