And you thought the Phillies trading Freddy Galvis would be their biggest move of the day.
Jon Heyman reports — and Ken Rosenthal confirms — that the Philadelphia Phillies have signed free agent first baseman Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million deal. There is a $17.5 million team option for a fourth year as well.
This is a surprising move in that (a) no one really saw it coming; and (b) Rhys Hoskins was thought to be the first baseman of the future for the Phillies. He’ll either continue to play left field, where he played 30 games for Philly last year, or else he’s going to be on the trading block soon.
In Santana, the Phillies get a guy who hit .259/.363/.455 with 23 homers and 79 driven in in 2017. Santana walks a good deal and is one of the tougher power hitters to strike out in all of baseball.
The eight-year veteran has played exclusively with the Indians since making his big league debut, hitting .249/.365/.445 with 174 homers in his career. He came up as a catcher and has played some third base and outfield over the course of his career.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.