The Braves would probably take Fredi Gonzalez off Florida's hands

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Yesterday’s story that the Marlins are talking to Bobby Valentine and, regardless of what Bobby V. does, are thinking about firing Fredi Gonzalez, elicited a reaction from Bobby Cox:

“I can’t believe that. He’s done a remarkably great job
over there. Fredi can do a little bit of everything. He’s
knowledgeable, great communicator, disciplines well . . . he’s got a lot of
stuff in his favor. That’s the biggest surprise I’ve had all season.”

Gonzalez was the Braves’ third base coach before taking the Florida job. Based on Cox’s reaction, there is every reason to think that he’d find a job pretty quickly with the Braves if Jeff Loria decides to fire him. The same Braves team who is in need of a replacement for Bobby Cox following the 2010 season.

I have no idea why the Marlins repeatedly alienate good managers, but how hilarious would it be to see ex-Marlin manager Joe Girardi win the 2009 World Series with the Yankees and ex-Marlin Fredi
Gonzalez win it in 2010 and 2011 as the Braves’ bench coach
and manager, respectively?

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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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.