Teams have inquired about Indians’ Santana

Teams have reportedly reached out to the Indians regarding first baseman Carlos Santana, according to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, though he adds that there is “no deal close.”

The inquiries about Santana likely stem, in part, from the Indians’ acquisiton of Brandon Moss on Monday. Moss, like Santana, projects primarily as a first baseman/designated hitter, though Moss also spent significant time last season at the two corner outfield positions for Oakland. Cleveland also has a logjam at those positions, with Nick Swisher, Ryan Raburn and David Murphy all already in the fold.

That said, the Indians are more likely to pursue a trade involving Swisher, who is coming off surgeries to both knees, or simply hold on to their current assets as insurance for Swisher.

Santana, 28, is coming off a season in which he recorded 27 home runs and 85 RBIs. He’s also under contract through 2017, making it unlikely that the Indians would trade him this offseason unless the return offer is simply too good to pass up.

— Paul Casella

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