Finally some good news for the Mets.
Back when David Wright suffered an intercostal strain during the World Baseball Classic his status for Opening Day was very much in doubt, but he’s recovered quickly enough to be in the Game 1 lineup.
Wright had six plate appearances and played five innings defensively at third base in a minor-league game yesterday and is slated to play in a Grapefruit League game today, which would eliminate the ability to backdate a disabled list stint and signals the Mets have no worries about him being ready.
Wright injured his rib cage on March 14 while taking batting practice with Team USA and missed the remainder of the tournament. However, aside from missing 60 games in 2011 he’s played at least 144 games every year since 2005.
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.