Report: Pirates interested in Ramon Santiago

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According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com, the Pirates have interest in free agent infielder Ramon Santiago.

Santiago has proven to be a valuable utility man for Tigers’ manager Jim Leyland. The 32-year-old has batted .263/.323/.362 with a .685 OPS over the past three seasons. He is also known as an above average defender at second base and shortstop.

Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said earlier this month that he would be interested in bringing Santiago back in his standard utility role, but he also said that he wouldn’t be surprised if “somebody stepped up and offered him an everyday role.” Well, according to Morosi, the Pirates are considering him as their regular shortstop.

Dodgers designate Sergio Romo for assignment

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The Dodgers announced on Thursday that the club activated pitcher Grant Dayton from the 10-day disabled list and designated pitcher Sergio Romo for assignment.

Dayton, 29, went on the disabled list earlier this month with neck stiffness. He’ll resume with a 3.63 ERA and a 20/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings.

Romo, 34, signed a one-year, $3 million deal with the Dodgers in February. It didn’t really work out, as the right-hander posted a 6.12 ERA with a 31/12 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His peripherals are still decent, so it wouldn’t be surprising if a team in need of a bullpen arm makes a deal with the Dodgers within the week.

Nate Karns underwent season-ending surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that Royals pitcher Nate Karns underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome on Wednesday. He’s expected to be ready for spring training next year. Karns went on the disabled list in May with an elbow injury and didn’t make much progress.

The Royals acquired Karns from the Mariners in January in exchange for outfielder Jarrod Dyson. Over eight starts and one relief appearance, the 29-year-old right-hander compiled a 4.17 ERA and a 51/13 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings.

Karns will enter his first of three years of arbitration eligibility after the season, so he’ll be under the Royals’ control through 2020.