Brian Cashman: no hard feelings toward Joe Torre

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ESPN New York’s Wallace Matthews caught up with Brian Cashman following the announcement that Joe Torre was stepping down. And guess what? Despite Torre’s book pissing off everyone on the Yankees, Everything is hunky dory:

General manager Brian Cashman said there are “no issues” between Joe
Torre and the team he led to four world championships but ultimately
spurned in a tell-all book. In fact, Cashman said that if Torre truly is
retired — Torre announced earlier Friday that he would not return to
manage the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2011 — he would be welcome at Yankee Stadium functions such as Old-Timer’s Day.

Man, the Yankees used to know how to hold a grudge. It took nearly 30 years, the tragic death of his daughter and an impassioned plea from his son to get the Yankees to finally welcome Jim Bouton back to Yankee Stadium for Old Timers Day after his tell-all book.  Torre gets an invite the second he retires.

Softies.

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.