Angels shut down Ervin Santana, Jered Weaver

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Having been eliminated from postseason contention with Monday’s loss, the Angels decided there was no need to push two of their top three starters any further.  They scratched Ervin Santana from his start Tuesday against Texas and Jered Weaver from Wednesday’s finale.

Tyler Chatwood and Garrett Richards are now scheduled to work the next two days.

It’s good news for the Rangers, who are one game up on the Tigers as they aim for home-field advantage in the ALDS.

Santana and Weaver had both already amassed career-high innings totals this year.  Santana was at 228 2/3, while Weaver was at 235 2/3 innings.

Santana finishes 11-12 with a 3.38 ERA.  While he’s had seasons of 17, 16 and 16 wins in the past, this year’s ERA was the lowest of his career.  2008 still ranks as his best season as a major leaguer, but his 2011 wasn’t too far behind.

Weaver, a Cy Young contender for the first four motnhs of the season, ends the year 18-8 with a 2.41 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP.  The wins, ERA and WHIP are all career bests for him, though he didn’t come close to matching his strikeout total from a year ago (198, down from 233).

Mets invite Tim Tebow to spring training

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Tim Tebow isn’t letting go of his major league dreams just yet. The former NFL quarterback is slated to appear with the Mets during spring training this year, extending what initially looked like an ill-fated career choice for at least one more season. Per the club’s official announcement on Friday, he’ll join a group of spring training invitees that includes top-30 prospects like Peter Alonso, P.J. Conlon, Patrick Mazeika and David Thompson.

Tebow, 30, hasn’t taken to professional baseball as gracefully as expected. He batted a cumulative .226/.309/.347 with eight home runs and a .656 OPS in 486 plate appearances for Single-A Columbia and High-A St. Lucie in 2017. While that wasn’t enough to compel the Mets to give the aging outfielder a big league tryout, there’s no denying that Tebow brought substantial benefit to their minor league affiliates — in the form of increased attendance figures and ticket sales, that is.

Even after the Mets were booted from the NL East race last September, they resisted the idea of promoting Tebow for a late-season attendance boost of their own. That’s not to say they’re planning on taking the same approach in 2018; Tebow will undoubtedly get his cup of coffee in the majors at some point, but for now, a Grapefruit League tryout is likely as close as he’ll ever get to playing with the team’s big league roster on an everyday basis.