Just minutes after news of the Santana signing broke, the Angels announced that they had a three-year deal with Zack Cozart, the top shortstop on the market, who will likely play third base to complete the Angels' infield remodel that began with this week's trade for Ian Kinsler.
So without wasting any more time, here three reasons why Phillies fans should be thrilled over the Santana deal.
Santana is a player with excellent contact and walk rates as well as average to above average power and strong defense.
The 31-year-old first baseman hit.259/.363/.455 with 23 homers and 79 RBI's in 154 games last season with the Cleveland Indians. He was a Gold Glove finalist this year. If we guess Santana will play first base and Hoskins will be the primary left fielder, the Phillies now have two potential impact corner outfielders to dangle in a trade for pitching help: Aaron Altherr or Nick Williams. He was the longest-tenured Phillies player.
But the trade opens a spot for Phillies rookie shortstop J.P. Crawford. Aaron Altherr made a solid case to be entrenched as the Phillies every day right fielder a year ago (.272 with 19 home runs), and Nick Williams may push for playing time in the outfield.
Santana has a.249 career batting average and.445 slugging percentage. As such, Santana signing with the Phillies inherently puts more pressure on Boston to secure the services of one of the aforementioned sluggers or another player capable of providing the offensive boost the Red Sox desperately need after hitting an American League-low 168 home runs in 2017.
Santana's departure is a big loss for Cleveland, which won the AL Central last season but lost a divisional series to the Yankees.