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Potential Red Sox target Carlos Santana comes off board

Rob Bradford
December 15, 2017 - 2:07 pm

Carlos Santana was the Red Sox' No. 3 free agent target.

There is J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, and then was the former Indians first baseman.

Now, he's no longer any kind of option.

According to multiple reports, Santana has agreed to a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies, with a club option of $17.5 million a fourth year. Alex Speier reports that, per a major source, the three years matches what the Red Sox offered the 31-year-old, with less money attached.

Santana represented an interesting option for the Red Sox. While he didn't promise the power potential of Martinez, or the all-around game Hosmer delivers, the switch-hitter could be a middle of the order bat. Last season, he virtually matched both his career on-base (.365) and slugging percentage (.445) while hitting 10 points over his career batting average, finishing at .259. Santana also finished with 23 homers, 11 fewer than the year before.

Here is what Santana's former manager, Terry Francona, said about the first baseman at the recent MLB winter meetings:

"Rarely, at least in my time, do you see guys change in the middle of their career. He could get kind of surly at times and get a little consumed with how he's doing. And about the halfway mark of the last couple years, he's a better teammate, better person. He turned himself in to a very good first baseman. He's hard not to like, lovable. You see him, before the games, come up and kiss me on the head, get handshakes with everybody. He's a great kid."

FanRag Sports was the first to report the deal with the Phillies.

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