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Texas Rangers rumors: Carlos Santana of interest to Texas

The Rangers reportedly have interest in free agent 1B/DH Carlos Santana

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Texas Rangers rumors: Carlos Santana, the first baseman/DH who has spent the last eight seasons with the Cleveland Indians, is someone the Rangers are “interested” in, per Jon Heyman on Twitter.

Santana, who turns 32 in April, is a switch-hitter who started his career as a catcher, but generally transitioned to first base, and has been playing mostly first base and DH beginning in 2014. Santana isn’t a huge power guy, but he’s been a 20-30 home run guy pretty consistently with a solid OBP — really, kind of like Shin-Soo Choo back when the Rangers signed him.

Heyman says Cleveland offered Santana a 3 year, $36 million deal, though he says they’d likely go higher. The projections generally have Santana landing at around $15 million per year for 3-4 years. I don’t know that the Rangers are going to be looking to commit 4 years, $60-70 million for Santana, if that’s where the market lands, but I tend to believe that, should he end up looking at a 2-3 year deal, Texas might look to swoop in, snag him, and put him at first base. That would give the Rangers some flexibility to deal one of their younger hitters for a young pitcher, or to subsidize the departure of Choo.