Chris Perez has struggled mightily out of the Dodgers’ bullpen this season and now he’s headed to the disabled list with bone spurs in his right ankle.
Perez told Mark Saxon of ESPN Los Angeles that he’s been pitching through pain in his ankle for a couple of months, but legitimate injury or not, the Dodgers couldn’t keep running him out there. Signed to a one-year, $2.3 million contract over the winter, the 29-year-old has an ugly 5.03 ERA and 30/21 K/BB ratio over 39 1/3 innings this season. This includes six walks and just one strikeout over his last five appearances.
The Dodgers have called up right-hander Carlos Frias from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Perez’s spot on the active roster. The 24-year-old has posted a 4.58 ERA and 79/30 K/BB ratio in 123 2/3 innings over 20 starts and one relief appearance this season between Double- and Triple-A. Dan Haren has been awful of late, so Frias is a possibility to take his spot in the rotation on Wednesday against the Angels.
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.