We’ve seen this coming all spring and, actually, I’m kind of surprised it took this long. Oliver Perez has been released.
His last outing as a Met came on Saturday against the Nationals, and it was pretty much standard-issue Oliver Perez: back-to-back home runs to a couple of anonymous hitters, a two-out walk to a lefty — when getting lefties out was his only hope of survival on the Mets — and then a single before getting the hook.
Oliver Perez may or may not catch on with another team — it’s hard to kill a lefty — but no matter what he does, he’ll make $12 million this year, so let us not weep for him. At the same time, let us at least warmly acknowledge the Mets’ new willingness in the Sandy Alderson era to recognize a sunk cost and the value of a roster spot.
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.