Jake Peavy’s comeback is off to an encouraging start.
He tossed two hitless innings in his spring debut against the Angels earlier today, less than eight months removed from surgery to repair a detached latissimus dorsi muscle in his right posterior shoulder.
Peavy tossed 16 out of his 26 pitches for strikes while striking out two and walking one. According to Tyler Kepner of the New York Times, Peavy’s fastball sat around 90-91 mph and topped out at 92 mph.
“When you start going that speed, things can get out of whack a little bit,” Peavy said. “But I think mechanically we were sound, stuff was there, we made some established big-league hitters swing and miss. Just a good starting point.”
It might be a little early to call him a lock for the start of the season, but White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen was encouraged enough following the outing to tell Dave van Dyck of the Chicago Tribune that “right now Peavy is our fifth starter.”
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.