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Wed, 04 Dec 2013 14:32:03 -0800
Cleveland Indians C Carlos Santana will play some third base in the Dominican Republic Winter League this offseason, but manage Terry Francona described it as more of an experiment than anything. "He's going to go over there and play a little third, just to see. He came up as a third baseman, but I think he's about eight years removed. It can't hurt anything. He wanted to get some at-bats anyway. If he wants to go over there and do that, all that can really happen is positive," Francona said.
Santana was used more as a designated hitter and first baseman with C Yan Gomes emerging as a better defensive catcher last season. Santana expressed late last year that serving as the DH wasn't ideal for him. "We don't want him to be a full-time DH," Francona said. "It's actually kind of a unique situation. His ability to move around impacts everybody else. His bat, we want it right in the middle of our batting order. And his ability to play first and catch, that's kind of a unique skillset. The more positions he can play, it just allows us to get more bats into the lineup. He's open to it, so we're willing to be open also."
Source: MLB.com - Jordan Bastian |
Wed, 04 Dec 2013 12:07:32 -0800
Free-agent 1B James Loney (Rays) is believed to be seeking a deal around three years for $27-30 million. He began the winter searching for a four-year deal worth around $40 million.
Source: Yahoo! Sports - Jeff Passan |