Larry King is getting in on the Dodgers bidding

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The list of celebrities aligning themselves with bidders for the Los Angels Dodgers keeps getting longer.  The latest? Larry King:

Larry King, the longtime talk-show host who in September said that Frank McCourt “does not belong as an owner of a baseball team,” might try to do a better job himself. King has agreed to participate as a minority investor in Dennis Gilbert’s bid to buy the Dodgers, a person familiar with the bidding process confirmed Tuesday.

This is fabulous news.  But, uh-oh, it’s causing Larry King’s not-yet-dead spirit to inhabit me again …

For my money there was no better dancer than Gene Kelly … Ronald Reagan was not just a President, he was a gentleman … Why doesn’t anyone bowl anymore? … Why hasn’t anyone given Angela Landsbury a big juicy role lately? Hollywood! … I don’t miss smoking, but I miss my cigarettes … Typewriters, maybe they weren’t as fast, but they made you stop and think … Roddy McDowell: a better pinochle player than you might expect …

Sorry. Can’t control that. It just happens.

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.