Around AL Central: Tanaka spurns ChiSox, Albers headed to Korea & Santana at third

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Cleveland Indians

Don’t expect to see much of Carlos Santana behind the plate this year as the catcher is in competition to be the starter at third base.

"“Right now, I see myself preparing to play third base, no other position,” Santana was quoted as saying. (All Santana’s quotes were translated from the Spanish version of the ESPN story). GM Chris Antonetti doesn’t believe in handing out starting positions in January unless your last name is Masterson, Swisher or Kipnis. But he certainly didn’t act as if Santana was out of line for saying what he did after losing the starting catcher’s job to Yan Gomes in the second half of last season. – Paul Hoynes, Cleveland.com"

Still, this could all be a way to motivate Lonnie Chisenhall, who has struggled to earn and keep his position at the hot corner.

Santana spent time in the Dodgers’ organization as a third base prospect, but proved error-prone. In 23 games played at third base in winter ball this off-season, Santana made 10 errors.

Follow one more jump for news on the Kansas City Royals.

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