Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Pirates sign free agent slugger Carlos Santana

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed free agent first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana. He has received a one-year deal.

He has agreed to a $6.7 million deal. This agreement is pending a physical.

Former Seattle Mariners slugger Carlos Santana gestures after advancing to second base during the seventeenth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Division Series
Carlos Santana gestures after advancing to second base during the seventeenth inning against the Houston Astros in Game 3 of the American League Division Series (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Santana is expected to be the Pirates’ full-time designated hitter. He will occasionally fill in for Ji-man Choi at first base.

The Pirates acquired Choi in a trade on November 10th. The Tampa Bay Rays received pitcher Jack Hartman.

The 36-year-old split this past season with the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners. He appeared in 131 games with both teams.

With the Royals, he had a .216 batting average with four home runs. He also had 21 RBIs in 52 games.

Santana had a .192 batting average with the Mariners. He had 15 home runs and 39 RBIs in 79 games.

In his 13-year career, Santana has appeared in 1,784 games. He has a .242 batting average.

This will be his fifth MLB team. He also played for the Cleveland Guardians and the Philadelphia Phillies.

He has hit 278 home runs in his career. He also has 925 RBIs.

If he has 19 home runs for the third straight season in 2023, he will be just shy of 300 home runs. He would have 297 home runs.

According to Baseball Reference, Santana is projected to have a .209 batting average. He is also projected to have 16 home runs and 56 RBIs in 519 plate appearances.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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