Sergio Santos missed nearly all of last season following shoulder surgery and after just five appearances this season he’s going back under the knife, as the Blue Jays announced that he’ll undergo surgery to “clean out” bone chips/spurs from his elbow.
As far as elbow surgeries go that’s a pretty minor one, but given Santos’ health history it shouldn’t surprise anyone if he’s sidelined for longer than usual. For now at least the Blue Jays are saying only that they expect him to pitch again this season.
Acquired from the White Sox in December of 2011 with the idea that he’d become the Blue Jays’ long-term closer, Santos has appeared in a total of 11 games for Toronto while Casey Janssen has taken over as the ninth-inning man.
Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.
That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.
Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.