Despite all of the rumors, the Red Sox aren’t expected to deal Josh Beckett in advance of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline and probably won’t ship out Jacoby Ellsbury either, ESPNBoston.com’s Gordon Edes reports.
The Red Sox discussed Beckett with the Rangers, but the talks went nowhere, according to reports. Because Beckett will make $31.5 million between 2013 and ’14, he is likely to clear waivers, meaning the Red Sox could still deal him next month.
Ellsbury, on the other hand, won’t be clearing waivers, and while the Red Sox have fielded several inquiries, they have no plans to trade last year’s AL MVP runner-up. Ellsbury will be eligible for free agency for the first time after next year, and the Red Sox figure to make a bid to re-sign him this winter, though he’s likely to want Carl Crawford money.
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.