Earlier, Craig wrote about Orioles pitcher Johan Santana potentially having an Achilles injury. It’s worst case news: Santana tore his Achilles tendon and is out for the season, ending his attempt at a comeback, MASN’s Roch Kubatko reports. The injury, obviously, puts his major league career in doubt.
Santana, 35, reportedly suffered the injury retrieving a ball that hit him. He had been working his way back from left shoulder surgery. The lefty signed a minor league deal with the Orioles in March which would have paid him $3 million if he was able to work his way back to the majors. The O’s had recently purchased his contract and placed him on the 15-day disabled list, signifying progress.
Santana last pitched in the majors in 2012 with the Mets, posting a 4.85 ERA in 117 innings over 21 starts. If his playing career is done, he’ll quit a two-time Cy Young award winner with a career 3.20 ERA and 1,988 strikeouts in 2,025 2/3 innings.
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.