White Sox outfielder Casper Wells wasn’t the only position player who pitched last night. Dodgers’ utility player Skip Schumaker was called on to pitch the ninth inning in a 16-1 loss to the Phillies. And get this, he was the only Dodgers’ pitcher who didn’t give up a run. Of course he was.
Schumaker was naturally a bit shaky, as he allowed a double and walked two, but he struck out catcher Humberto Quintero swinging to work out of the bases-loaded jam. He topped out at nearly 92 mph on his fastball, according to Brooks Baseball. He had one get away on a high-and-inside pitch to outfielder John Mayberry, Jr., but as you’ll see in the video below, he immediately put his hands over his head and apologized multiple times.
This was actually Schumaker’s third career appearance as a pitcher. He tossed a scoreless inning against the Rockies back on April 29 of this year and gave up two runs in one inning of work against the Dodgers on August 23, 2011 when he was with the Cardinals.
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.