The Giants are meeting with Ervin Santana

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They fell out of the Jon Lester Derby yesterday, but they can still put their money down in the Ervin Santana Stakes:

Santana was linked with the Twins earlier today. And, as Aaron noted then, he would cost the Giants — or almost any other team — a first round draft pick to sign by virtue of his rejection of a qualifying offer from the Braves.

He posted 3.95 ERA and 179/63 K/BB ratio in 196 innings last season.

Trea Turner undergoes surgery on right index finger

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Nationals shortstop Trea Turner underwent surgery on his right index finger, MLB.com’s Manny Randhawa reports. Turner suffered a non-displaced fracture when he was hit by a pitch attempting to bunt in early April.

Turner missed six weeks of action and played through the injury for the remainder of the season. He was quite successful, batting .298/.353/.497 with 19 home runs, 57 RBI, 96 runs scored, and 35 stolen bases across 569 plate appearances. Turner’s performance, especially late in the regular season, helped the Nationals claim the first NL Wild Card. They, of course, would go on to win the World Series.

Turner, who is expected to be healed up by the start of spring training, will be entering his second of four years of arbitration eligibility. He will likely get a sizable raise on his $3.725 million 2019 salary.