Quadriceps surgery can now be added to the list of things that have contributed to derailing Ricky Romero’s once-promising career.
Romero has been a mess since 2011–when he made the All-Star team as a 26-year-old–posting a 5.77 ERA with a league-high 105 walks in 2012 and then spending most of last season at Triple-A. He’s back at Triple-A again this year and walked 42 batters in 38 innings, but Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that Romero is now expected to miss the remainder of the season following surgery to have “inflammation cleaned out in his quadriceps tendon.”
Romero is making $7.5 million this season and is still owed another $7.5 million next season as part of a $30 million contract extension inked prior to 2011. It seems weird to say about a 29-year-old just three seasons removed from being an All-Star, but the odds are probably stacked against Romero throwing another pitch in the majors at this point.
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.