Thursday, January 27, 2011
Santana to be Ready by Spring Training
According to Indians General Manager Chris Antonetti (via Jim Bowden of Fox Sports), Carlos Santana is expected to be ready to play by the time Spring Training starts.
Last season, Santana was one of the game's most exciting rookies. Before his gruesome knee injury on August 2nd, he put on an impressive offensive display posting a .382 wOBA with six home runs and an impressive 19.3% walk rate in 192 plate appearances. Considering his unique combination of power, patience, and solid defense at catcher, I think it's safe to say that the Indians are a much better team with him in the lineup. Provided he comes back fully healthy, Santana should be a solid 3-4 win player in 2011.
With Rod Barajas and Dionner Navarro splitting duties behind the dish, you can bet the Dodgers wish they could get a mulligan on the Casey Blake (now 37 years old) trade from 2008.