2023 Player Outlook
If you play in a league that values OBP, I don’t have to say much about Carlos Santana, because you already know his value in those setups. Despite hitting .207 over the last three seasons, he has a .323 OBP, thanks to a 14.4 percent walk rate and he’s never posted a walk rate below 13 percent in his entire career. If your league doesn’t value OBP, Santana is a much tougher hold on your roster, because the batting average has been putrid lately. He gets a nice ballpark upgrade in Pittsburgh compared to Seattle, and he’s locked in for regular at-bats, but can we really bank on a resurgent season for Santana at age 37 in this Pittsburgh lineup? In NL-only formats that value OBP, he’s a fine play, as he’s good for 15+ home runs and a steady OBP, but the runs and RBI will be middling unless this Pittsburgh lineup outperforms expectations.