Cubs calling up veteran lefty Doug Davis for Saturday start

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Earlier this week the Cubs promoted Doug Davis from Single-A to Triple-A and now Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com reports that the veteran left-hander is set to join the Cubs’ rotation Saturday.

Davis managed only a minor-league contract coming off a season wrecked by injuries, including elbow surgery, but if healthy the 35-year-old southpaw has typically been a solid middle-of-the-rotation starter for the past decade or so.

It took only two solid starts in the minors to convince the Cubs to call him up even though they could have waited until May 30 under the terms of his contract, so clearly they think he’s still capable of contributing with Randy Wells and Andrew Cashner both sidelined by injuries.

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.