Remember yesterday how I said that the Dodgers’ losing streak was nothing to be too concerned about? Well, it’s still not, but at some point a “don’t be concerned about it” losing streak can go on long enough to where being concerned about it is reasonable. I don’t think the Dodgers are there yet, but really dudes, you should probably start winning games.
Los Angeles got beat again last night and beat pretty convincingly. The Rockies came out of the box against Clayton Kershaw, starting the game out with a single, a double and then a three-run homer from Nolan Arenado. After the homer Mark Reynolds singled as well, meaning that Kershaw didn’t any of the first four batters he faced. They’d touch Kershaw for a single, a double and a sac fly in the third for their fourth run of the game off of the Dodgers ace, who wouldn’t make it through four innings.
After that the bullpen provided no relief, with Brock Stewart giving up two runs in an inning and a third and Edward Paredes allowing three runs to score without retiring a batter. He had help, as Josh Ravin walked in two of the runners Parades let reach.
Just an atrocious performance for a team some thought to be unstoppable a couple of weeks ago. Now they’ve lost seven in a row and 12 of their last 13.
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.