Josh Hamilton might be the hottest hitter on the planet right now, but Brandon Inge is a pretty close second.
Inge went 2-for-4 with a home run and four RBI last night as the Athletics topped the Tigers 11-4. It was Inge’s second straight night with a home run against his former team and the fourth game in his last five where he homered and drove in four runs. The 34-year-old third baseman had three home runs all of last season.
The most ridiculous part of it all? Inge is the first player to have four games with four RBI or more in five-game span since Lou Gehrig in 1931. Inge and Gehrig, forever linked in history. Baseball, I love you, but you’re crazy.
Your Friday box scores:
Rays 3, Orioles 4
Padres 3, Phillies 7
Mariners 2, Yankees 6
Astros 1, Pirates 0
Indians 5, Red Sox 7
Nationals 7, Reds 3
Angels 3, Rangers 10
Mets 5, Marlins 6
Royals 0, White Sox 5
Cubs 7, Brewers 8 (13 innings)
Blue Jays 6, Twins 7
Braves 9, Cardinals 7 (12 innings)
Giants 1, Diamondbacks 5
Rockies 3, Dodgers 7
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.