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MLB Report: Indians reach agreement with Carlos Santana on extension

Jordan Bastian was first with this report

“On Monday night, MLB.com learned that Cleveland has reached an agreement with Santana on a multiyear contract that will likely cover his arbitration years and possibly his first year of free-agent eligibility. “

The deal is said to be worth $21 million over five years, locking up the player’s services through 2016. The deal also includes a team option for the 2017 season.

Santana was acquired by the Indians in 2008 in exchange for infielder Casey Blake. He now owns a career OPS of .826 with 48 doubles, two triples, 35 home runs and 105 RBI in 205 games.

[Related: Examining the Cabrera extension]

  • CDA511

    Oh, snap..

  • Nobody

    Nice, like this move…

  • akzipper

    Okay now we only need 8 more hitters!

  • Hypno_Toad

    Somehow this is Manny Acta’s fault.

  • Jaker

    Next up, Masterson please

  • 216in614

    If they are only possibly getting 1 year of FA how is this good news? Does this mean we just gave up all our leverage to keep him past arbitration???

  • Steve

     What leverage? And I’m not sure if you’ve seen how this works, but this is how most small market teams operate. Getting an extra year or two out of your young players is usually all you get.

  • mgbode

    at least 1 extra year of Carlos Santana on the Tribe + not haivng to hear about arbitration negotiations with him very winter.   Great news.

  • Jeff D

    This is absolultely fantastic news.

  • Natedawg86

    I heart Casey Blake

  • This ensures trade bait for the next five ye…..oh who am I kidding I love Carlos. Good move.

  • MrCleaveland

    Good job, front office!
     

  • mgbode

    it would be 6 years anyway 🙂

  • Bravo, Dolans!  Well done indeed.

  • EyesAbove

    So we’ve got him locked up through age 31, well done. 

  • kjn

    Based on previous high caliber catchers who hit arbitration (basically Napoli), this deal is the same in terms of dollar amount/years. Not knowing the specific year-to-year totals, I’m guessing the main difference is that the money will probably be more evenly spread out over those five years. That should give the Indians more payroll flexibility moving forward.

    In short, I think this is a win/win.

    And, of course, the one year team option is huge. Wonder what that’s worth? 

  • cmm13

    NO WAY, THIS IS DEFINITELY A SIGN THAT THE DOLANS ARE SELLING!

    YOU SEE THEY HAD TO SIGN 1 STAR PLAYER, THERE IS NO WAY A NEW OWNER WOULD NOT WANT THE TEAM WITHOUT 1 STAR PLAYER.

    INTERWEBZ RUMORZ!!!!!

  • cmm13

    It may sound stupid right now; but as soon as Carrasco is back and showing he is the filthy starter he was showing he would be I would like him signed along with Masterson as well.