Royals Sign Carlos Santana on Two year Deal
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The Kansas City Royals added some middle lineup power Tuesday when they signed veteran first baseman Carlos Santana to the roster.

The Royals announced the signing of the switch-hitting first baseman to a two-year deal, reportedly worth $17.5 million.

The 34-year-old Santana hit just .199 with a .699 OPS over 60 games in 2020, though he did have an American League-leading 47 walks and a .349 on-base percentage. Santana earned his first All-Star selection in 2019, recording a .281/.397/.515 slash line and tying his career high with 34 homers.

Santana has played 11 big league seasons and is a lifetime .248/.366/.446 hitter with 240 homers and 991 walks in 1,495 games.

With Santana’s signing Hunter Dozier is expected to move to third base for the 2021 season. Dozier started his career with the Royals at third base.

Santana, who spent 10 years of his career in Cleveland, has had huge success against the Royals, especially at Kauffman Stadium. In his career against Kansas City, Santana has 31 home runs and 93 RBIs with a .953 OPS. At the K, Santana has 18 home runs, 61 RBIs and a 1.077 OPS.

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