The Mets were considering skipping Johan Santana or at least pushing him back for a few days after he was knocked around for six runs over three innings last night against the Dodgers, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that they have decided to place him on the disabled list with a right ankle injury.
Santana twisted his ankle while covering first base in his final start before the All-Star break back on July 6 against the Cubs. He had his foot stepped on by Reed Johnson in the process. According to Kevin Burkhardt of SNY, Santana admitted he was throwing some pitches “all arm” because he wasn’t able to land on the ankle. The injury evidently doesn’t correlate to his workload from the no-hitter, but it’s still a dangerous combination for someone who is in their first season back from shoulder surgery. While the DL-stint comes at a tough time for the fading Mets, he’ll now get a couple weeks off to rest both the ankle and his arm.
Santana has allowed 19 runs over his last three starts, increasing his ERA from 2.76 to 3.98 on the year. Jeremy Hefner was called up from Triple-A Buffalo today and is a candidate to take his place in the starting rotation. Top prospect Matt Harvey, who was passed over in favor of Miguel Batista to start today against the Dodgers, is also a possibility.
Buster Olney of ESPN reports that the White Sox and Diamondbacks have emerged as two of the strongest contenders for Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. It seems like a foregone conclusion that Baltimore will deal their superstar infielder this winter, but nothing appears imminent just yet. While both the White Sox and D-backs have reportedly made serious offers, Orioles owner Peter Angelos is wary of any non-contending team that might be incentivized to flip Machado to the rival Yankees next season.
The White Sox, for their part, have assured the Orioles that they view Machado more as a solid one-year rental than the new face of their franchise, with no immediate plans to deal him elsewhere. Given their current rebuilding status and the unlikelihood that they would contend in 2018, it makes their offer a bit of a head-scratcher — and, as USA Today Sports’ Bob Nightengale points out, they’ve been reluctant to put any top-5 prospects on the table in preliminary negotiations.
The Diamondbacks, on the other hand, are far better positioned to enter the postseason in 2018, though that doesn’t automatically make them the perfect landing spot for Machado. They already have Jake Lamb stationed at third base, and while it’s not inconceivable that they could jettison the Ketel Marte/Chris Owings/Nick Ahmed shortstop platoon for someone of Machado’s talent, his $17 million salary appears to be more than the D-backs are currently capable of absorbing.
The White Sox and D-backs may have exhibited the most interest in Machado so far, but they’re hardly the only contenders here. MASN Sports’ Roch Kubatko maintains that the Cardinals and Yankees remain in discussions for the 25-year-old, with Cardinals’ RHP Jordan Hicks and catcher Carson Kelly drawing interest, as well as Yankees’ top prospect Gleyber Torres. Any deal involving the Yankees still feels like a long shot, however; as Craig mentioned on Wednesday, it makes sense that the club wouldn’t want to see their star player hanging around their division rivals in 2018, and the Yankees should be well prepared to make a run at him in free agency next winter.