3 reasons Phillies fans should be excited over Carlos Santana joining team

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-Rhys Hoskins can play left field: If last year's rookie phenom was strictly a first baseman, this deal wouldn't work.

The 31-year-old previously spent his entire big league career as a member of the Indians, breaking into MLB in 2010. He hit.259/.363/.455 with 23 homers a year ago, and.259/.366/.498 with 34 homers in 2016. He led Major League Baseball with 113 walks in 2014, and his 15.2 walk percentage since the start of 2010 ranks third in Major League Baseball behind Joey Votto of the Cincinnati Reds and Joey Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. While he's not an elite base stealer or incredibly quick, Santana has very smart baserunning skills, and he's shown that with his ability to tally 8 triples the last three seasons in spite of having fringe-average overall speed.

In 2016, Santana set a career high with 34 home runs.

Where Santana fits into the Phillies' strategy remains unclear. He hit.259 with 23 home runs, 79 RBIs and a.363 on-base percentage in 571 at-bats. Santana was a finalist for the American League Gold Glove at first base this season, and via defensive metrics, he, Mitch Moreland, and Joe Mauer all had arguments for the award over victor Eric Hosmer.

Moving Hoskins to the outfield is a possibility.

Santana, who has also played catcher, third base and outfield during his career, has developed into a stellar defensive first baseman, but it is unclear how the Phillies will deploy him, as Hoskins, a breakout star last summer with 18 homers in only 50 games, is also a natural first baseman who played mostly in the outfield for the Phillies in 2017.

No, the Phillies aren't going to win a championship this year, and the playoffs will likely be out of reach.

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