This is the third article about Greg Maddux’s number being retired I’ve seen which focuses on this:
The bows and hosannas were expected to go much smoother than this.
Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and John Smoltz, the centerpiece players of
the Atlanta Braves’ run of 14 division championships, would be honored,
one by one, by being inducted into the Braves’ Hall of Fame and having
their numbers retired.
Maddux goes first Friday, but Glavine and Smoltz, casualties of the business of baseball, will not be on hand.
The article — and similar artiles in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and USA Today
— make much of Glavine’s absence and talk about the acrimony
surrounding his release from the club, trying, it seems, to turn this
into a story about Glavine snubbing the Braves. Which makes no sense
given the fact that all of the articles mention that Glavine is going
to be at his son’s baseball tournament, and which Glavine really
doesn’t want to miss after missing such events for 20 years. And that
Glavine recorded a video message to play at the ceremony. And that he
says the circumstances of his departure from the team have nothing to
do with it.
There’ no there there, folks. Move along.
The Phillies and Red Sox appear intent on pursuing free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports. Santana rejected a one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Indians on Thursday and is expected to draw widespread interest on the market this winter. The Mets, Mariners, Angels and Indians could make a play for the infielder, though no serious offers have been made this early in the offseason.
Santana, 31, is coming off of a seven-year track with the Indians. He batted .259/.363/.455 with 23 home runs and 3.0 fWAR last season, making 2017 the fourth-most valuable year of his career to date. Although he was primarily stationed at first base over the last year, he could step back into a hybrid first base/DH role with the Red Sox, who are hurting for infield depth with Hanley Ramirez still working his way back from shoulder surgery.
As for Santana’s other suitors, the Mariners are far less likely to pursue a deal after trading for Ryon Healy last Wednesday. Neither the Mets nor the Phillies have a DH spot to offer the veteran infielder, and the Phillies’ Rhys Hoskins appears to be blocking the way at first base. Then again, Santana may not find a more enticing offer outside of Cleveland, where Edwin Encarnacion might otherwise be the club’s best option at first base. During the GM meetings, Indians’ GM Mike Chernoff said he “love to have both [Santana and Jay Bruce] back” in 2018, but hasn’t backed up that love with any contract talks just yet.