Carlos Santana, one of the most consistent, yet polarizing, members of the Indians of the last eight seasons, is going to the rebuilding Phillies.
As you can expect, the initial reaction of the fanbase is largely seething with anger over the Indians front office apparently not putting up much of a fight in trying to retain a guy who willingly bounced around from position to position without a hint of a fuss.
Add in that there doesn’t appear to be an immediate fix on the horizon. Both JD Martinez and Eric Hosmer appear to be well out of the team’s budget, and despite ESPN’s David Schoenfield’s calls for the Indians to push all of their chips to the middle of the table and make the seismic Manny Machado deal, it just seems too unlikely despite the Indians potentially having an open road to another division title.
It does make you wonder if the Indians will turn their attention back to Jay Bruce who fit in seamlessly after coming in August. But they also may look to refortify the bullpen with the losses of Bryan Shaw (another highly-polarizing Indian) to the Rockies and Joe Smith, who signed with the Astros.
Melvin Upton, Jr. signed a minor league deal today. That’s not gonna turn the frowns upside down.