Teams gouge their fans when the Yankees come to town

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It’s always a hot ticket when the Yankees come to town, so you’d understand if teams, say, raised the prices a bit to buy tickets for the matchup. Supply and demand and all of that, right? But what the Dodgers and Mets (and others) do leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

Consumerist passes along word that both teams are forcing fans to buy tickets in blocks rather than individually. The Mets are making you buy five tickets to the Yankees game and are not offering them individually, at least for now. The Dodgers, in contrast, are making you buy a seven-game plan if you want to buy any tickets to the three-game Yankees series.

I don’t believe that the Mets and Dodgers are alone in this, actually. The Braves did this with the Red Sox once and may still do so. Someone told me that the Phillies have done this as well. Indeed, there are probably countless examples of these sorts of tying schemes for high profile events. Maybe the most prominent example of this is that season ticket purchasers of every NFL team are forced to buy seats for preseason games which are (a) boring; and (b) even more meaningless than spring training games in many respects.

I guess I understand, but I really don’t like it. This is an emotional as opposed to an economic reaction, but I’d rather that the teams just charged what the market would bear for the hot seats and sell them individually.

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.