Report: Pirates, Santana agree to 1-year, $6.7M deal
Completion of the agreement is pending a physical.
Santana, 36, split the 2022 season between the Kansas City Royals and Seattle Mariners, hitting .202/.319/.342 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs across 131 total games. Despite one of the worst slash lines of his career, Santana continued to find ways to get on base, taking 71 walks while striking out in just 17.4% of his 506 plate appearances.
In Pittsburgh, the switch-hitter will be looked upon to continue getting on base and provide leadership to a young Pirates squad hoping to take another step toward contention. Santana will likely compete for playing time at both first base and DH alongside Ji-Man Choi, another offseason acquisition, and Miguel Andujar.
Santana is a lifetime .242/.359/.432 hitter with 278 homers and 925 RBIs across parts of 13 major-league seasons, including a decade in Cleveland. Known as a consistent and durable player, the Dominican Republic native was an All-Star and Silver Slugger winner in 2019.