Enter Carlos Santana, first baseman for the Cleveland Indians. This guy Is no stranger when It comes to power. In 154 games played last year, he hit for a mere .259 batting average while crushing 23 homers and 79 runs batted in to go along with 148 total hits on the season. As average of a stat line as that looks, playing at a smaller, more hitter friendly ballpark such as Fenway Park for 81 games will surely boost those numbers almost immediately.
The soon to be 32 year old would love the atmosphere and marketability that Boston has to offer. Playing for the Indians since 2010 gave him the loyal fan base that one could expect home and on the road in most games. It will be a tough transition when It comes to the standards the fans ( and especially the media) that is enforced. Many players have found It puts more pressure during your performance.
Besides the offensive boost he would provide to the team, he has the veteran respect to help the plethora of young guys In the dugout, as well as a good glove at the position. Many of the younger guys on the Indians ball club hung around him continuously throughout most of the games. Which this club has experienced a lack of since the retirement of David Ortiz.
With the relatively inexpensive price tag compared to the other options on both markets, expect the Boston Red Sox to at least Inquire about his interest with the intent to strike a deal.
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