At least six teams are in pursuit of former Indians first baseman Carlos Santana. The Indians are one of them. In fact, they have made Santana an offer, but currently his agents are waiting for the market to form. Yes, Giancarlo Stanton is off the books, but there are a lot of other offensive players on the market including outfielder J.D. Martinez and first baseman Eric Hosmer. It should be noted that the Indians made Santana a qualifying offer of $17.4 million, which he turned down, to ensure they'd get draft pick compensation if he signs with another team. It's unclear if Santana will sign before or after them. What is clear is that Santana, his agents and the Indians are being patient. Both sides appear willing to wait and see which way the market turns for the switch-hitter. While the Indians' offer was considered a required first step in negotiations, it wasn't enough to get Santana to return to Cleveland. The Indians have been assured that if Santana does receive an offer to his liking, the Indians will be given a chance to counter it before he makes his final decision. Santana said at the end of last season that he would love to return to the Indians. He has spent his whole big-league career with them, covering seven plus seasons. But it's also evident that Santana, 31, is out for the best contract he can get.
Cleveland Indians make offer to Carlos Santana, but they have a lot of competition
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Dec 11