Twins option Danny Santana to Triple-A, recall Kennys Vargas

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The Twins have optioned shortstop Danny Santana to Triple-A Rochester and recalled DH Kennys Vargas, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. Eduardo Escobar will take over regular duties at shortstop.

Santana, 24, finished seventh in American League Rookie of the Year balloting last season, but was unable to gain any traction this year. He entered Sunday’s action batting .217/.235/.291 with no home runs and 11 RBI in 184 plate appearances. He finished 1-for-4 in Sunday’s win against the Brewers.

Vargas, 24, had some struggles of his own, resulting in a demotion to Triple-A in mid-May. He was hitting a meager .248/.295/.362 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 112 PA. It appears he may have figured things out, as he was crushing minor league pitching, posting a .965 OPS with three home runs in 58 PA.

Report: Twins interested in Wade Miley

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Free agent left-hander Wade Miley is among several offseason targets for the Twins, according to a report from Darren Wolfson of KSTP. Miley’s $12 million option was declined by the Orioles back in November, and while he’s expected to attract another major league deal in 2018, he hasn’t exactly been highly sought after this offseason.

The 31-year-old lefty finished his second campaign with the Orioles in 2017, producing an 8-15 record in 32 starts and ranking second-to-last among all AL starters with a 5.61 ERA, 5.3 BB/9 and 8.1 SO/9 in 157 1/3 innings. Even taking Miley’s undeniable durability into account — he remained healthy for the bulk of the season and completed his sixth straight year with 30+ starts — his declining value and career-worst numbers may lower his price tag as the 2018 season approaches.

Wolfson notes that the Twins have engaged in “regular dialogue” with Miley’s agent this winter, but he’s far from the only starting pitcher they have their eye on. Right-handers Yu Darvish, Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Chris Tillman are still on their radar, among several others, and club owner Jim Pohlad said Saturday that he was “totally on board” with the idea of signing a big-name free agent like Darvish or another available starter. “There are some interesting names and some interesting opportunities there,” Pohlad told a crowd at TwinsFest. “I’m as intrigued by it as anybody and attracted to it as anybody.”