Scott Podsednik’s setback with the plantar fasciitis in his left foot means that he’ll be wearing a cast for at least the next 10 days, according to Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com.
That means the earliest he’d be able to resume baseball activities is March 25, which would leave Podsednik less than a week to get ready for the Blue Jays’ season opener against the Twins. In other words, he’s all but certain to begin the season on the disabled list or, because he signed a non-guaranteed minor-league contract, at Triple-A.
All of which makes Podsednik’s misguided decision to turn down a one-year, $2 million deal from the Dodgers back in November look like an even bigger mistake. At best he’ll make just half that money with the Blue Jays and at worst–which is what we’re seeing so far given the foot injury–he’ll end up spending much of the year earning significantly less than that while rehabbing or riding buses in the minors.
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.