CLEVELAND, OH - JUNE 20: Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians connects for a single against the Colorado Rockies at Progressive Field on June 20, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. Santana also had a home run in Cleveland's 8-7 loss to Colorado. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
The Cleveland Indians have reportedly locked up their 26-year-old catcher Carlos Santana for the foreseeable future. An official announcement is expected on Tuesday.
A day after Carlos Santana's two home runs helped the Cleveland Indians to their first win of the 2012 campaign, the Indians decided to lock up the key piece to the future of their organization, according to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com:
On Monday night, MLB.com learned that Cleveland has reached an agreement with Santana on a multiyear contract that will likely cover his arbitration years and possibly his first year of free-agent eligibility. The specific terms of the catcher's new deal were not immediately available.
The Indians would neither confirm nor deny that an agreement is in place, but an official announcement is expected Tuesday.
Santana is beginning his second season as the Tribe's primary catcher and has started 4-for-16 with two home runs and four runs batted in through the first four games. The slugger who belted a Cleveland Indians best 27 home runs as a switch hitter last year just turned 26-years-old on Sunday.