David Freese suffers non-displaced fracture in finger on HBP, hopes to avoid DL

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According to Alden Gonzalez of MLB.com, Angels third baseman David Freese was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture in his right middle finger after he was hit by a pitch from Colby Lewis in last night’s game against the Rangers. You can watch the play here.

Freese said after the game that he hopes to avoid a stint on the disabled list, but it will all depend on how he feels over the next couple of days.

“It’s going to be one of those things where I’ll come in tomorrow and the next day and see where I’m at,” Freese said. “If you’re going to get a slight fracture, it’s in a good spot. I guess that’s a positive way to look at it. We’ll know more tomorrow and the next day, how I react.”

Acquired from the Cardinals over the winter, Freese is batting .202/.266/.286 with two home runs, eight RBI, and a 27/6 K/BB ratio over 94 plate appearances this season. The injury is a tough break, as the 31-year-old finally started to show signs of life over the past few days.

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.