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After a below-average debut season in Philadelphia, first baseman Carlos Santana is now being shopped by the Phillies. He finished 2018 with a measly .229 batting average, but did draw 110 walks and accumulate a .352 on-base percentage while adding 24 home runs.
Santana has plenty of value, but the Phillies are more focused on moving their star outfielder Rhys Hoskins back to his natural position at first base, with the possibility of Bryce Harper taking his spot in the outfield.
With that in mind, here are three potential trade destinations for Santana prior to next season.
3. Arizona Diamondbacks
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There are a lot of moving pieces here, and this is assuming the D-Backs aren't planning on giving Paul Goldschmidt the massive contract he'll demand following the 2019 season. They could trade Goldschmidt prior to this season for a massive return on a one-year rental while replacing him for at least two years of Santana. Not a bad bat or first baseman for a team in transition.
2. Chicago White Sox
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Similar principle applies here -- flip Jose Abreu, another one-year rental, for a big return and replace him with Santana at first. Most people seem to believe the White Sox rebuild will happen faster than expected, and Santana could be in the middle of that, with new pieces acquired from a possible Abreu deal. Plus, Santana is under team control for two years with a possible third season via a 2021 club option.
1. Minnesota Twins
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With Joe Mauer riding off into the sunset and Logan Morrison being a massive disappointment, the Twins will be looking for an answer at first base. Santana would be returning to the division he came up in and, in the last three seasons, has an OPS of 1.044 at Target Field -- the highest of any away park he's appeared in over that span (minimum of 50 ABs). Santana would be an immediate upgrade over anyone the Twins have at first base right now.
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