Travis Snider sidelined by rib injury suffered while golfing

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Travis Snider has sat out the early workouts in Blue Jays camp because of a rib-cage injury suffered while golfing last week.

Snider told Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com that he’s “taking a very cautious approach with the idea in mind that the ultimate goal is to be ready for Opening Day.” In other words, don’t expect to see him in the lineup when exhibition games begin shortly.

Snider has shown very good power through 183 games in the majors, smacking 25 homers and 40 doubles in 612 at-bats, but the 23-year-old former top prospect has batted just .255 with 180 strikeouts and missed two months of last season with a wrist injury.

Once healthy he’ll be the favorite to claim the everyday job in left field, but he may want to stay off the links for a while.

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.