Indians sign Santana to five-year deal

Associated Press  |  Last updated April 10, 2012
The Cleveland Indians have signed catcher Carlos Santana to a 5-year, $21 million contract. Santana's new deal will keep him with the Indians through the 2016 season and includes a club option for 2017. The Indians had contractual control over Santana for the next four years, but the club decided to lock up one of their young stars as they enter a period when they expect to contend in the AL Central. Santana hit 27 homers with 79 RBIs last season and was one of only four major leaguers to have at least 25 homers, 35 doubles and 90 walks. On Sunday, Santana hit two homers on his 26th birthday as the Indians got their first only win this season. Santana was acquired in 2008 in a trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers for third baseman Casey Blake.
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