Sources: C. Santana, Royals reach 2-year deal

First baseman Carlos Santana and the Kansas City Royals are in agreement on a two-year, $17 million deal, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday.

The Royals had been heavy in the first base market and get a veteran with power and on-base skills.

Santana became a free agent after his $17.5 million option for 2021 was declined after the season as part of a payroll purge by the Cleveland Indians.

The slugger struggled in his second season back in Cleveland after leaving as a free agent to join the Philadelphia Phillies in 2018. The switch-hitter had a career-low .199 batting average in 2020 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs in 60 games during the pandemic-shortened season, but he still had a .349 on-base percentage in large part to ranking second in the majors with an AL-best 47 walks.

Just weeks after being acquired by the Mariners after the 2018 season, Santana returned to Cleveland as part of a three-team trade that also involved the Tampa Bay Rays.

In 10 total seasons with the Indians, Santana has hit 216 home runs with 710 RBIs. In addition to playing in every game during the shortened 2020 season, Santana has shown his durability by playing in at least 152 games in every season of his career except for his rookie year of 2010 (46 games) and 2012 (143 games).

The Dominican-born Santana became a U.S. citizen in 2019. He first arrived in the United States after he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2004.

MLB Network first reported the agreement.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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