Are the Indians on a signing binge?
The club will announce at 2:30 p.m. this afternoon that catcher Carlos Santana has been signed to a conttract extension that can keep him in Cleveland through the 2017 season, including a final option year.
It is a relatively modest commitment of $21 million by the team, because Santana has been in the big leagues less than two years and commanded a salary in the $500,000 range this season, a part of the deal that might be reworked.
The signing comes on the heels of the shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera coming to terms a two-year, $16.5 million extension that will allow the Tribe to avoid arbitration with the shortstop through 2014.
So who is next? Is General Manager Chris Antonetti working on prospective deals with pitchers Chris Perez, Justin Masterson or Vinnie Pestano? They have tried and so far failed to induce right fielder Shin-Soo Choo agree to an extension, one reason being that his agent is hard-liner Scott Boras.
Until Cabrera's signing, Cleveland had no contractual committments with any players beginning next year.