Dodgers year-long suspension of Erisbel Arruebarrena reduced to 30 days

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In late May the Dodgers suspended infielder Erisbel Arruebarrena for the rest of the season“for repeated failures to comply with his contract.”

Well, Arreubarrena appealed his suspension to Major League Baseball.  His suspension has been reduced to thirty days — time served, essentially — and that he reported to Dodgers camp in Glendale, Arizona yesterday to get back into baseball activities. When reached for comment, Arruebarrena’s attorney Jay Reisinger confirmed that an appeal had been filed with Commissioner Manfred, and ultimately, a settlement was reached with the Dodgers.

Arruebarrena was signed to to a five-year, $25 million deal back in 2013. He played briefly in the majors last season, hitting .195 in 22 games. He was dropped from the 40-man roster this offseason, however, and has yet to play this year.

Report: Phillies ‘shopping the hell’ out of Carlos Santana

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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.