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Yankees, Rays are not going to flip-flop their September series for Hurricane Irma

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No one knows what Hurricane Irma might bring to Florida in general or to the Tampa Bay area specifically, but the Rays and Yankees are trying to figure out a plan for next week’s series, which is scheduled to kick off Monday when Irma is supposed to be in Florida.

The Yankees and Rays are scheduled to play in The Bronx from September 26-28, but just as the Rangers were unwilling to make a flip-flop work in the wake of Harvey, it sounds like the Yankees are equally unwilling. Here’s Joe Girardi, speaking to the Daily News, when asked about a flipping series:

“I think the trouble with that is people have bought tickets for those games. That’s the problem for us and I don’t think that’s fair to do for our fans. So, well you can just flip the tickets, well people plan trips around that. So I don’t think that’s fair.”

This was roughly the Rangers’ explanation. Which is legitimate when you think about it. No matter what happens it seems like the fans in Florida will be out of luck next week, and messing with a series in a few weeks isn’t going to change that. Of course, it’s not Joe Girardi’s call, so what will actually happen is not yet clear.

The Daily News speculates that next week’s series could be moved to a neutral site, such as Camden Yards or possibly the White Sox’ park. Girardi wonders if they can’t simply postpone Monday and then possible do a doubleheader on Tuesday or Wednesday if the area is spared major damage. For the record, the Marlins are not scheduled to play in Miami until next weekend, so there’s more time to make a decision about their next home games.

I suspect Major League Baseball will weigh in on this fairly soon.

 

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.