Mariners sign outfielder Endy Chavez to minors deal

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports confirms that the Mariners have signed outfielder Endy Chavez.

Chavez was released by the Royals on Friday after hitting just .188 with zero extra-base hits in 33 spring plate appearances. The 35-year-old is likely to open the 2013 season at Triple-A Tacoma, where he will act as organizational outfield depth for Seattle.

Chavez batted .273/.328/.342 with two home runs and 13 RBI in 54 games with the Mariners in 2009.

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UPDATE, 12:49 PM ET: Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times confirms that it’s a minor league contract.

Phillies, Red Sox interested in Carlos Santana

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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.