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Phillies Introduce Carlos Santana After Agreeing To Three-Year Deal

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The Philadelphia Phillies have signed switch-hitting first baseman Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million deal, the team officially announced on Wednesday.

FanRag Sports was the first to announce Philadelphia’s agreement with Santana, which occurred last Friday.

“I know the Phillies have a lot of young players,” said Santana during a Wednesday press conference, per MLB.com. “I signed here because the Phillies want me. They believe in me. I’m excited.”

Santana, 31, has spent his entire eight-year Major League career with the Cleveland Indians since 2010. Although he’s just a .249 career hitter, he’s extremely durable and well known for his ability to produce and get on base, averaging 153 games, 98 walks, 24 homers, and 81 RBIs in his seven full seasons since 2011.

MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reported that Phillies general manager Matt Klentak was extremely high on Santana from the beginning of free agency.

“We are genuinely excited about this organization’s future,” said Klentak per MLB.com. “You’ve heard me talk about it a lot this offseason, about the strides we believe we made in the second half last year, about the quality of our farm system, about our ownership’s commitment. We basically told him (Santana) the truth from the very beginning. We told him why we thought he was a good fit here, the skillset he possesses and the impact we believe he can have.”

In addition to his offensive abilities, Santana is also a top-notch defender, fresh off his first Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award (given annually to one player at each position). Santana committed just five errors in 1,155 total chances at first base in 2017 for a fielding percentage of .996.

Santana is a career .249/.365/.445 hitter with 174 homers, 587 RBIs, and just 86 more strikeouts (812) than walks (726).

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Brewers Discussing Trade for Will Smith

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The Milwaukee Brewers and San Francisco Giants have been in talks regarding a trade that would send left hander Will Smith back the Brewers, according to The Athletic’s Robert Murray.

Per the report, the Giants are interested in second base prospect Mauricio Dubon.

Smith has had a solid season in 2019, pitching to an impressive 2.17 ERA.

No deal is close as of this writing.

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Mets To Place Zack Wheeler On Injured List

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The New York Mets will place right hander Zack Wheeler on the injured list due to shoulder fatigue, according to Newsday’s Tim Healey.

In a corresponding move, the Mets will have left-hander Steven Matz start in place of Wheeler for tomorrow’s game.

Wheeler has been heavily linked in trade rumors, so it is unclear just how much this injury will impact his value on the trade market.

It is unclear just how long Wheeler will be out.

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Mets Shopping Noah Syndergaard

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The New York Mets will likely be big sellers at the deadline and it appears that they are shopping starter Noah Syndergaard.

According to Newsday’s Tim Healey, the Mets have discussed Syndergaard with around six teams, adding that there’s “minimal urgency” on the Mets’ part to trade Syndergaard.

Per the report, the Mets would need to be “wowed” in order to move Syndergaard.

Syndergaard, 26, isn’t having the kind of season he is accustomed to, pitching to the tune of a 4.68 ERA, and is posting other career-low numbers.

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