Rawlings announced their finalists for the coveted Gold Glove award, given to the best defensive player at each position each year. The Milwaukee Brewers are honored to have their very own Carlos Santana nominated for a glove at first base.
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) October 18, 2023
Santana’s Amazing Season with the Brewers
Switch-hitting first baseman Carlos Santana was traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates in return for Jhonny Severino on July 27 and made a huge impact for the crew from the moment he came to the team.
Santana slashed .249/.314/.459 with 11 homers and an OPS+ of 109 during his time with the Brewers. The first baseman hit a couple of career milestones with Milwaukee, 300 career home runs, and 1,000 career RBIs, a feat that made him the 10th active player to reach 1,000 career RBIs as a switch-hitter.
He reportedly had been contacting Milwaukee at various points over the last three years saying how interested he was in playing for their club, so when the Pirates traded him here, it seems he got his wish. He was a huge contributor to the offense that led the Brewers to get their fourth NL Central title and another postseason berth.
He will hit the free agent market this winter, and it’s very likely that one season is all we’ll get out of Carlos Santana. Entering his age-37 season, the Brewers need a stronger, more permanent option at first base.
Other nominees for the NL Gold Glove at First Base include Los Angeles Dodgers’ Freddie Freeman, and Arizona Diamondbacks’ Christian Walker.