The Phillies formally announced their signing of first baseman Carlos Santana this morning. As reported on Friday, it’s a three-year, $60 million contract with a $17.5 million club option for 2021.Santana will be officially introduced at a press conference this afternoon
The Phillies already had a promising young first baseman in Rhys Hoskins, but Hoskins played a lot of outfield last year having both him and Santana in the lineup should help improve the Phillies offensive attack.
Santana hit .259/.363/.455 with 23 homers and 79 driven in in 2017. He walks a good deal and is one of the tougher power hitters to strike out in all of baseball. He has hit .249/.365/.445 with 174 homers in his career.
The biggest news of the All-Star break — even bigger than the All-Star Game itself — was the trade of Manny Machado to the Dodgers. We talked about it for days, but now the talking is done: Machado is playing shortstop and is batting second in his Dodgers debut this evening against the Brewers in Milwaukee.
Machado is expected to play a little third base for the Dodgers, too, but with Justin Turner still out with a bum hop, Machado will play his preferred position. It’s not the one he plays as well, but that’s another topic altogether and is, eventually, going to be Dave Roberts’ problem.
Machado is hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 homers and 65 RBI on the year. Those numbers all get set back to zero now that he’s in the National League, however. Tonight he begins compiling new numbers.