(610 Sports) - Per Jon Heyman, the Kansas City Royals have signed first baseman Carlos Santana to a 2-year deal worth $17 million, taking the former All-Star and Silver Slugger recipient, off of the free agent market.
The Royals had been looking hard in free agency for a first baseman with pop, which Santana fills. The signing comes on the heels of the Cleveland Indians decision to decline Santana's $17.5 million option for the 2021 season.
While Santana struggled in the 2020 truncated MLB sesaon, putting up a line of .199/.349/.350, he is only one year removed from being an All-Star and Silver Slugger recipient during a season in which he hit .281 with 34 HR and 93 RBI.
The 34 year old Dominican Republic native began his professional baseball career in the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system, making his MLB debut in 2010 as a member of the Cleveland Indians. Santana spent all but one year of his career in the Majors with Cleveland, signing a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Phillies following the 2017 season, only to be traded after one year in a three-team deal which landed him back in Cleveland.
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