We could see some more trade action before August 31, as Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Brewers have placed Shaun Marcum on revocable waivers.
Marcum landed on the disabled list in mid-June with an elbow injury, but he returned Saturday against the Pirates and gave up four unearned runs over five innings. His waiver period expires Thursday at 1 p.m., so teams won’t get a chance to get another look at him before he starts later that day against the Cubs. Given the risk involved, it’s possible he could pass through waivers unclaimed.
No word on who might be interested, but the Dodgers are known to be in the market for another starting pitcher and likely wouldn’t shy away from absorbing the roughly $1.6 million left on his contract. Marcum, 30, has a 3.19 ERA and 82/27 K/BB ratio in 87 1/3 innings over 87 1/3 innings this season and is due to hit free agency this winter.
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.