Mike Cameron does not have some official standing to speak on behalf of Marlins fans or anything. But he did end his career in a Marlins uniform, and was able, for a little while, to see the workings of that place. Based on this interview he gave to Maureen Mullen of CSNNewEngland.com, those workings are pretty ugly.
He goes on about how no free agent who has a choice of teams will ever play for the Marlins given the lack of stability there, and says this about the overall situation:
“It just kind of pissed me off the way they’re doing things and baseball is kind of allowing it. That’s ridiculous. Basically, they lied to the people, they lied to everybody. You get a new stadium and then this happens? That’s not good for baseball.”
I think those are the two salient points here: (1) the lying to people about the team’s direction against the backdrop of the stadium deal and their claim that a ballpark would make it all better; and (2) baseball doing absolutely nothing about it.
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.