Posey launches first career MLB home run

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posey swinging.jpgGiants prospect Buster Posey hit his first career major league home run on Wednesday night against the Reds, a two-run shot following a two-out walk by outfielder Pat Burrell.

Chris Haft of MLB.com reports that the shot traveled an estimated 439 feet and landed in the upper deck at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark.  Only 77 balls have reached the upper deck at the homer-friendly stadium since it opened in 2003.

Posey, 23, was called up from Triple-A Fresno at the end of May to add some power to the Giants’ light-hitting lineup, and he’s done just that.  Through 38 major league at-bats this season, the catcher-first baseman is hitting a stellar .447 with a .488 on-base percentage and a .632 slugging percentage. 

The Reds were able to retrieve the ball for Posey by offering the fan who caught it an autographed ball signed by the Giants youngster himself.  Congrats, Buster.

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.