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Ervin Santana is now a free agent

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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.

Mets are interested in Rick Porcello

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Jon Heyman reports that the Mets are interested in free agent pitcher Rick Porcello and have been speaking to his agent.

Porcello is coming off a pretty dreadful 2019 season in which he went 14-12 with a 5.52 ERA in 32 starts. That ERA was the worst in the majors among qualified starters. He’s also pretty homer happy. But (a) he’s durable; and (b) a change of scenery and a move to a more pitcher-friendly division and park might do him some good, so it’s not like he’s a bad guy for the Mets to be looking at. He’s only going to be 31 next season and he’s just a year removed from a decent season.

There are far worse bounceback candidates.