Blue Jays sign 19-year-old Cuban shortstop for $10 million

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No official announcement has been made, but various sources report that the Blue Jays have signed 19-year-old Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechevarria for $10 million.
Hechevarria headed to the Dominican Republic after defecting from Cuba and held workouts for at least a half-dozen teams last month. He must have impressed, because he ended up with nearly $2 million more than fellow 19-year-old Cuban shortstop Jose Iglesias did back in September.
Iglesias has earned rave reviews for his glove since signing with the Red Sox, yet it was Hechevarria who played shortstop (with Iglesias at second base) when they were on the same junior national team. His bat is much less of a defined asset at this point, but new general manager Alex Anthopoulos made it clear that the Blue Jays will aggressively pursue young up-the-middle talent and while years away from the majors Hechevarria certainly qualifies.
It took $10 million, but the Blue Jays reportedly beat out the Yankees, Cubs, and Angels.

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.