Report: Figgins, Mariners close to four-year deal

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The infield dominoes are suddenly falling fast and furious, with FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reporting that Chone Figgins and the Mariners are on the verge of agreeing to a four-year, $36 million deal.
Figgins ranks as one of the most valuable free agents available this offseason and is coming off a tremendously strong year, hitting .298/.395/.393 with 101 walks, 42 steals, and 114 runs to go along with outstanding defense at third base.
For the Mariners to pluck him away from a division rival for just a four-year commitment at less than $10 million per season would qualify as an excellent deal given the money that’s already been handed out to lesser infielders Placido Polanco and Marco Scutaro, although Figgins would cost Seattle next year’s first-round pick.

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.