The deal will cover his last two pre arbitration seasons and all three of his arbitration years with the club option covering his first free agent season. Santana was acquired by the Indians in 2008 from the Los Angeles Dodgers for third baseman Casey Blake. Santana, 26, became a top prospect before being recalled in 2010 as a regular catcher for the Indians.
He tore his ACL in late 2010 after a collision at the plate with Ryan Kalish, but would bounce back in 2011 and still be one of the top young catchers in the game. This is the second Indians extension this season, as they have also extended their all star short stop Asdrubal Cabrera.