In what has become a theme of late, we could have another pitcher who is headed for his second Tommy John surgery.
According to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle, Astros reliever Peter Moylan has been diagnosed with a ligament tear in his right elbow. He’s scheduled to have a visit with Dr. James Andrews in the coming weeks, but he’s prepared for the possibility of another surgery and the lengthy rehab process that comes along with it.
“I might be 35, but I don’t have the skill set to say, ‘Oh, you know what, I’m just going to become a Harvard professor,’” Moylan said. “I’m going to continue to do this cause I love it. Every part of this game I love, I love the camaraderie. I love the competitiveness, all that sort of stuff. I’m not ready to stop yet.”
Moylan had his first Tommy John surgery in 2008 with the Braves. The Australia native has been limited to just 35 appearances at the major league level since 2011 due to back and shoulder injuries and was in camp with Houston this spring as a non-roster player. He turns 36 in December.
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.