Minaya clarifies: Reyes has elevated thyroid level

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Responding to conflicting reports about Jose Reyes’ thyroid condition, general manager Omar Minaya said this afternoon that the Mets’ shortstop “has elevated thyroid levels” and is “waiting for test results.”
The confusion came yesterday, when Reyes was quoted by ESPN Deportes as saying: “The specialists who took care of me in New York have told me that I’m fine and that there’s nothing wrong with my thyroid. The test showed that I’m fine.”
Asked to explain the discrepancies between Reyes’ statements and information relayed by the team, Minaya said:

You’ll have to ask him that, but I can tell you I had a conversation with our doctors, I had a conversation with their representative, and we’re all in agreement that he has elevated thyroid levels. Like I said, I can’t answer for Jose. I do know that we had a conversation because I understand there was something said. But when we both left the conversation with the doctor and his representative, we were in agreement.

We’ve probably all come to expect nothing less from the Mets, of course. Either way, Reyes’ status for Opening Day is not believed to be in jeopardy.

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.