Chipper Jones named his son Shea after breaking the hearts of many a Mets fan through the years. He hasn’t been quite so successful in Citi Field since the Mets switched parks — he entered today with a .200 average and two homers in 18 games there — but he’s homered and doubled in the first game of the doubleheader.
The homer was his 48th versus the Mets, putting him into a tie for third place all-time against the club. Here’s the list:
1. Willie Stargell – 60 HR in 825 AB
2. Mike Schmidt – 49 HR in 910 AB
3. Chipper Jones – 48 HR in 795 AB
3. Willie McCovey – 48 HR in 623 AB
5. Hank Aaron – 45 HR in 689 AB
6. Pat Burrell – 42 HR in 551 AB
7. Willie Mays – 39 HR in 553 AB
8. Barry Bonds – 38 HR in 815 AB
9. Andre Dawson – 36 HR in 1,037 AB
10. Billy Williams – 34 HR in 855 AB
After Chipper and Burrell, the active leaders are Ryan Howard (31), Andruw Jones (26) and Chase Utley (26).
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.