Report: Indians, Carlos Santana agree to multi-year contract extension

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After extending shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera through the 2014 season last week, the Indians have successfully locked up another key piece of their nucleus.

According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, the Indians have agreed to a multi-year contract extension with Carlos Santana. An official announcement is expected tomorrow.

Exact terms aren’t yet known, but the deal likely covers his arbitration seasons and possibly his first year of free agency. Santana is currently under team control through 2016.

Santana, a former Dodgers farmhand, came into tonight’s action with a .244/.364/.464 batting line over his first 204 games in the big leagues. His impressive rookie season in 2010 was shortened due to knee surgery, but the 25-year-old bounced back last season to hit .239/.351/.457 with 27 homers, 79 RBI and an .808 OPS over 155 games.

Dodgers seen as likely to land Manny Machado

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers are “increasingly likely” to land Manny Machado. He says that other teams who have been linked to Machado — including the Phillies and Brewers — believe that that’s what was going to happen.

Against that backdrop a couple of Dodgers players at the All-Star Game — Matt Kemp and Ross Stripling — made comments this afternoon suggesting that, yeah, they thought Machado was coming their way too, even if there was no specific inside information on their part.

As I wrote earlier today, it sounds like this is a done deal and everyone is just waiting for the All-Star Game to be over to announce it.