After three lackluster starts, the White Sox designated for assignment pitcher Ervin Santana on Friday. Santana cleared waivers and refused an assignment to Triple-A Charlotte, electing to become a free agent, the club announced on Monday.
The White Sox signed Santana to a minor league contract in February, paying him a major league salary $4.3 million. They are no longer on the hook for the remainder of that salary.
Santana, 36, yielded 14 runs on 19 hits and six walks with five strikeouts over 13 1/3 innings to start the year. He battled a finger injury last year, limiting him to five underwhelming starts with the Twins. Santana was an All-Star as recently as 2017, however, which may give an interested team enough hope to offer a minor league deal.
Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen would have opened the regular season on the injured list if it had started on time. Now, with the start of the season pushed back at least a few months due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the veteran five-time All-Star says he will be “ready to go” whenever the season begins, he told NBC Sports Philadelphia.
McCutchen, 33, tore his ACL in early June, ending his 2019 campaign. To that point, he had been quite productive for the Phillies, batting .256/.378/.457 with 10 home runs and 29 RBI over 262 plate appearances. If and when the 2020 season does begin, he will likely reprise his role as the leadoff hitter, this time under new manager Joe Girardi.
2020 marks the second year of McCutchen’s three-year, $50 million contract initially signed with the Phillies in December 2018. The Phillies also hold a $15 million club option for the 2022 season with a $3 million buyout.