Apr 4, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Carlos Santana (41) runs against the Minnesota Twins at Progressive Field. Cleveland won 7-2. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Fantasy Baseball: Indians' Carlos Santana needs to be benched now

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We are about one-sixth of the way through the fantasy baseball season and you likely have a couple of players that you were counting on getting big things from that are still stuck in the mud.

Apr 18, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians third baseman Carlos Santana (41) walks off the field after popping out to end the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps no one in baseball has been as frustrating to fantasy owners as Cleveland Indians’ third baseman Carlos Santana.

Santana had extra value this season as he still has catcher eligibility, but as his struggles continue, he doesn’t even warrant being in any lineup at any position right now.

He should bounce back from his .178 BABIP and .081 ISO, but for now, he should be benched until we see the bounce back.

When that will happen is anyone’s guess, but the bottom line is that he is hurting your team much more now than he can potentially help it in the future.

On talent alone, I don’t recommend cutting Santana as I do expect that bounce back, but you need to bury him on your bench for the time being.

Santana is in a horrendous 2-for-43 slump after going 0-for-4 Tuesday.

It’s doubtful that you can find someone to take him off your hands, but if you can and can get a decent return, pull the trigger.

Until then you have to bench him. I would give it a few more weeks before you cut ties with him, but in the meantime you simply can’t afford to run a guy out there every day that is hitting .136 with a .525 OPS with only a homer and three RBI to go along with it.


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