At least he’s not thrilled with setting up for him for any longer than he has to. That’s based on this report that the Wagner-to-the-Sox deal is being held up by Wagner, who won’t waive his no-trade clause unless the Sox agree not to pick up his 2010 option because he doesn’t want to forego potential closing jobs this winter:
According to the report, the agent said the two sticking points
involved Wagner’s requests that the Red Sox not pick up his 2010 option
or offer him arbitration so that he can find another team where he
wouldn’t be a setup man for Jonathan Papelbon.
The option is for $8 million, which is pretty rich for a guy in Wagner’s position, so I’m having trouble seeing the Sox actually picking that up. I wonder if he’s simply not trying to renegotiate the terms of the 2010 buyout, which is now $1 million.
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.