Released by the Rockies last week, outfielder Drew Stubbs has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Rangers.
Colorado is on the hook for Stubbs’ entire $5.8 million salary, so it was a low-cost flier for Texas and provides the Rangers with some potentially useful outfield depth down the stretch.
Stubbs strikes out a ton and is stretched thin as an everyday player, but he has 20-homer power, 30-steal speed, and good range in the outfield. If spotted mostly versus left-handed pitching he can be valuable in a part-time role.
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.