Report: Yankees rejected Francisco Rodriguez deal

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The New York Post’s Joel Sherman hears that the Yankees rejected a Francisco Rodriguez deal similar to the one accepted by the Brewers last night, in part because they didn’t think either K-Rod or Rafael Soriano would be content working the seventh inning.

The Mets sent Rodriguez and $5 million to the Brewers last night for two players to be named.

ESPNNewYork reported earlier this week that the Yankees weren’t on Rodriguez’s no-trade list, so that wouldn’t have been an impediment to a deal.

One wonders if the Yankees may come to regret not making the move.  Rodriguez isn’t quite what he was, but he has a 1.17 ERA in 23 career innings against the Red Sox.  He’s also at 1.48 against the Central-leading Tigers and 2.70 versus the West-leading Rangers.

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.