When last we saw former All-Star closer Chad Cordero, he was being signed by the Mets. That didn’t really go anyplace — he didn’t make it out of AAA after the deal — but he’s got a gig for 2011: the Blue Jays have signed him.
It’s not definitely a gig. The report is vague on the specifics, but I’m guessing it’s a minor league deal. Still, not a bad guy to take a chance on. He had labrum surgery a couple of years ago and the Mariners didn’t want to keep him around after a mere nine games last season, but he struck out more than a man an inning at AAA in 2010, and that’s not nothing. You could do worse if you’re picking up arms off the scrap heap.
Bonus: he’s a former Expo and original Nat. And they’re worth something for historical value, no?
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.