After sitting out most of 1998, Santiago had two productive seasons platooning for the Cubs and the Reds, but his resurrection came early last season after he signed a one-year, $500,000 free-agent contract with the Giants. He became an every-day starter for the first time since 1996, hitting .262 with six homers and 45 RBIs.
There's evidence that Santiago is slipping defensively—after gunning down 34.7% of would-be base stealers last season, at week's end he had picked off 13 of 45 (28.9%) this year—but overall he is holding up well after 1,747 career games. "I have so many years back there, I know what I'm supposed to do," he says. "I can catch with my eyes closed."
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