The Indians are are apparently willing to explore the idea.
With Yan Gomes earning the right to be the everyday catcher because of his sterling defense and plus bat, the Indians are being proactive in finding ways to keep Carlos Santana’s bat in the lineup. But Nick Swisher is best-suited for first base and Santana is not at all the kind of guy you want running down screamers in the gap.
So the Indians are considering turning back the clock on Carlos’ career. It’s no secret that third base has been plug-and-play position for way too long. With more swing and misses at the position than Mark Reynolds (whose own experiment ended up being like that of a sudden firecracker exploded quickly and ended up being something a little more than a measly sparkler all in the span of just a few months), consisting largely of players who couldn’t be counted on to man the position long-term.
Point being, it’s been a while since the Indians have had Travis Fryman. Or a guy that’s capable of producing a decent amount like Casey Blake, who the Indians traded Santana for. This should make Lonnie Chisenhall very, very nervous, because it’s becoming apparent that the organization is losing faith in him.
(I could have told them that, but I digress.)
Santana was brought up through the Dodgers system as a third baseman, so there is a familiarity at the hot corner. However, the Indians are rightfully cautioning everyone to pump the breaks a tad on the idea. While the team is hoping that Santana ultimately agrees to spend the Winter Leagues working at the hot corner, this is more than just muscle memory at play.
It does the team no good to have a potent offensive force banished to back-up duty, so this could be the move to make. We’ll see where this is headed in a few months.