Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw each achieved a career strikeout milestone on Sunday.
Hernandez, with a fifth-inning strikeout of Sam Fuld, moved to 2,000 over his 11-year career. He’s the eighth pitcher in baseball history to join the 2,000-strikeout club before his 30th birthday, according to Baseball Reference. Hernandez entered the start a perfect 5-0 on the season with a 1.73 ERA and a 44/7 K/BB ratio in 41 2/3 innings.
Kershaw, with a third-inning strikeout of Drew Stubbs, moved to 1,500 over his eight-year career. He’s one of 12 pitchers to rack up 1,500 strikeouts before his 28th birthday, per Baseball Reference. The lefty hasn’t quite had the results he’s looking for, owning a 1-2 record with a 3.73 ERA and a 51/7 K/BB ratio in 38 2/3 innings.
In today’s column for The Athletic, Ken Rosenthal reports that the Phillies are “shopping the hell” out of first baseman Carlos Santana, according to a rival executive. Doing so would allow the Phillies to move Rhys Hoskins back to first base and open up a spot in the outfield for free agent Bryce Harper, with whom the Phillies have been commonly connected.
Santana, 32, is coming off of a mediocre season in which he hit .229/.352/.414 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI in 679 plate appearances. His 1.7 WAR, per Baseball Reference, was his lowest output since 2015. He has $35 million remaining on his contract. The Phillies would presumably eat a significant portion of that $35 million in order to make a trade work.
If the Phillies can’t move Santana but still end up signing Harper, Santana could share third base with Maikel Franco and first with Hoskins. Right now, the Phillies have a glut of outfielders with Hoskins, Odúbel Herrera, Nick Williams, and Aaron Altherr. Hoskins rated among the worst outfielders defensively in 2018, so moving him back to first base is likely one of the Phillies’ bigger priorities.