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Five Options at First Base for the Indians Should They Lose Carlos Santana

The Indians enter free agency with a number of questions about where they will put their money, and who will get offers following October’s massive letdown against the New York Yankees.

One player whose name has been bantered about since the middle of last season is that of impending free agent Carlos Santana, who to no surprise declined the teams’ qualifying offer last week.

Santana has been with the Indians for the past eight seasons, and while at times he can drive you crazy with his inconsistency at the plate, this last season again he was solid with a .259 average with 23 homers and 79 runs batted in, and also drew 88 walks, striking out 94 times.

There’s already rumblings about teams that have an interest in Santana, including one of the Indians biggest American League rivals, the Boston Red Sox.

If the team doesn’t bring back Santana, the team will have to figure out who is going to help out with first base so the team does not have to play Edwin Encarnacion a lot more than he did in 2017, as he played 23 games at the position.

So here’s a quick glance at five players who could be at first for the Tribe in 2018, both in house and free agents should the team lose Santana to another club this offseason.

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Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.

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