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Twins To Signal Carlos Santana

The Twins announced they have signed Carlos Santana to a one-year contract. The veteran first baseman, an Octagon client, is guaranteed $5.25MM on a deal that also includes performance incentives. At the start of the offseason, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said the team was open to adding at first base. That preceded three

Twins To Signal Carlos Santana

The Twins introduced they’ve signed Carlos Santana to a one-year contract. The veteran first baseman, an Octagon shopper, is assured $5.25MM on a deal that additionally consists of efficiency incentives.

At first of the offseason, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey mentioned the workforce was open to adding at first base. That preceded three months of a dearth of exercise on each the commerce and free agent fronts. With an anticipated payroll discount as they anticipated a dip of their native broadcasting revenues, the Twins made primarily no acquisitions.

Issues kicked into gear this week with the commerce sending second baseman Jorge Polanco to the Mariners for a four-player return. Two of the gamers headed again to the Twin Cities — reliever Justin Topa and starter Anthony DeSclafani — addressed a portion of the pitching depth the workforce misplaced with Sonny GrayKenta MaedaTyler Mahle and Emilio Pagán signing elsewhere.

The commerce presaged a free agent acquisition on the place participant aspect, as Falvey acknowledged shortly after it was finalized. Minnesota offloaded Polanco’s $10.5MM wage. They took again Topa’s $1.25MM deal and assumed $4MM of the $12MM owed to DeSclafani for the upcoming season. That netted them $5.25MM in price financial savings — the precise quantity they’re now committing to Santana.

Transferring Polanco not directly opened the door to a extra defensively-limited hitter. Edouard Julien now has a path to on a regular basis reps at second base. Julien will nonetheless see some motion at designated hitter however received’t log almost as many at-bats there as he would’ve had Polanco nonetheless been on the roster. Santana and Alex Kirilloff ought to share nearly all of the enjoying time between DH and first base.

At the same time as he nears his thirty eighth birthday, Santana is healthier suited to play on the infield than on the DH spot. He stays a strong defender at first base. Statcast and Defensive Runs Saved every usually grade him barely higher than common with the glove. DRS estimated he was 11 runs above par a 12 months in the past, whereas Statcast had him at +2 runs.

The protection accounts for a very good portion of Santana’s worth. He’s a strong hitter however doesn’t have the form of offensive firepower usually related to the place. He’s coming off a .240/.318/.429 exhibiting throughout 619 plate appearances cut up between the Pirates and Brewers. He hit 23 residence runs, 33 doubles, and picked up his first triple in 4 years.

That offensive output was primarily league common, as measured by wRC+. He additionally rated as a median hitter in 2022, when he put collectively a .202/.316/.376 line in 506 plate appearances between the Royals and Mariners. Whereas his triple slash stats have been fairly a bit larger in ’23 than they’d been the 12 months earlier than, offense was up across the league. (The league OPS jumped from .707 to .734.) Milwaukee’s American Household Subject, the place Santana completed final season, can be a much more favorable hitting venue than are both of the parks he referred to as residence two years in the past.

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Park-adjusted metrics didn’t really feel Santana took a serious step ahead on the plate. That sentiment was apparently shared by the market, which valued him pretty equally because it did a 12 months in the past. His 2024 wage is a bit beneath the $6.725MM he’d been assured on his one-year pact with Pittsburgh.

A switch-hitter, Santana has been simpler from the best aspect. Over the previous two seasons, he owns a .266/.370/.430 line in 303 plate appearances towards left-handed pitching. That’s fairly a bit higher than his .208/.298/.397 exhibiting towards righties. Santana’s current productiveness versus southpaws is interesting to a membership that struggled considerably in that regard a 12 months in the past. Minnesota had a .244/.330/.432 batting line towards right-handers whereas hitting .241/.313/.414 towards lefties.

Assuming Byron Buxton can play heart discipline most days, which is the present expectation, most of Minnesota’s in-house DH potentialities hit from the left aspect. The nook outfield trio of Max KeplerMatt Wallner and Trevor Larnach are all lefty bats, as is Kirilloff. Santana enhances the group from a handedness perspective.

Maybe extra importantly, he has additionally been extremely sturdy. Santana has remarkably gone on the injured record only one time since 2014 (a minimal keep for ankle bursitis in Could ’22). He has performed in 130+ video games in each full schedule since 2011 and appeared in all 60 contests throughout the shortened season. That form of reliability pairs nicely with Kirilloff, a gifted hitter who has been bothered by varied accidents up to now in his profession.

Kirilloff has missed time in all three of his MLB campaigns. Proper wrist accidents led to prolonged absences in his first two seasons, culminating in season-ending surgical procedures each years. He battled shoulder issues final season and underwent a labrum restore in October. Whereas he’s anticipated to be prepared for Spring Coaching, the harm historical past needs to be of concern to the entrance workplace. Final season’s 88 MLB video games represented his private excessive.

Minnesota’s payroll projection jumps again to the approximate $123MM determine at which they began this week, as calculated by Roster Resource. They’re reportedly aiming for a season-opening payroll within the $125-140MM vary.

Darren Wolfson of SKOR North first reported the Twins and Santana had agreed to a one-year contract. Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported the $5.25MM assure and inclusion of efficiency bonuses.

Picture courtesy of USA At the moment Sports activities.

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