The baseball winter meetings are taking place this week in Las Vegas and rumors are swirling all over the place.
One interesting report involved the Cleveland Indians and one of their former players: Mariners first baseman Carlos Santana.
Corey Brock of the Athletic reported Tuesday that Seattle has discussed trading the 32-year-old with Cleveland, Tampa Bay and Colorado.
Santana left Cleveland last winter to sign with Philadelphia on a three-year, $60 million dollar deal. He was recently traded to Seattle for All-Star shortstop Jean Segura and reports say he’ll likely never play a game for the Mariners.
Tampa Bay and Colorado have been linked to other first baseman including Indians designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion among other available options at the position.
Cleveland being linked to Santana was a bit of a stunner because reports have been circulating throughout the offseason that they’re looking to trim salary off their payroll. Santana has two years and $40 million remaining on his contract.
Seattle would have to send money in a trade and either take Encarnacion, Jason Kipnis or Yonder Alonso back in that potential trade. Obviously Cleveland would also send them a prospect in the deal as well.
Santana’s batting average dropped 30 points from .259 to .229 in one season in his arrival in Philadelphia but his power didn’t drop as he hit 24 home runs and 86 RBIs in 161 games. He did record over 100 walks for the third time in his career with his on base percentage staying around his career mark of .363 (.352 OBP in 2018).
In eight seasons with Cleveland, Santana was a .249 hitter with 174 home runs and 587 RBIs in 1,116 games.