Santana to third a gain for Indians

Carlos Santana playing third base should end up being a net positive for Cleveland. Jason Miller/Getty Images

As we saw with Miguel Cabrera in 2012 and 2013, some teams are willing to try to hide a less-than-stellar defender at third base if his bat can make up for it. And since Cabrera had played two full season at third earlier in his career, playing him at the hot corner didn't seem so crazy.

However, when the Indians announced they were going to try Carlos Santana at third base this season, that certainly seemed a bit more far-fetched. While Santana had played some third base early in his minor league career, it was a grand total of 58 games, and just one since 2007.