NL Notes: Pirates, Santana, Reds, Phillies, Mets, Kahnle

this pirates sign carlos santana General manager Ben Cherington told reporters after closing the deal this week that this was partly due to the team’s belief that the restriction on field shifts next year will help increase the veteran’s production (link via Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). Beyond that, Santana’s reputation as a leader and mentor for young players and a strong hitting ball profile with quality grades on metrics such as average exit speed, hard hit rate and more has captured the club’s interest.

With one year and $6,725 million, the Santana transfer was the largest free agency commitment by Cherington since he was hired in 2019 to guide the Pirates’ latest rebuilding efforts. There are other needs that need to be addressed, Cherington said, and the hackers, who are currently estimated to only carry a $54 million payroll by Roster Resource, are hopeful to complete some additional deals.

A few more items from the National League…

  • this reds local product with ink Luke Maile to a one-year contract that lays the groundwork for him to serve as Tyler Stephenson’s support. However, general manager Nick Krall has suggested that after signing Maile, the team is not closed to the possibility of adding a third catcher to its major league roster (link via Bobby Nightengale from the Cincinnati Enquirer). “There’s a chance,” said Krall, noting that the addition of the universal designated hitter gave teams the flexibility to work with three kickbacks more easily. It has been reported that the Reds were in contact. Tucker Barnhart While there is no indication that they were following him strongly after signing with Maile, it is about a potential reunion before signing with Maile. Still, Stephenson missed a significant time in 2022 with a broken thumb, concussion, and broken collarbone, and also has major league experience with 147 hits in the first stage. Bringing another catcher makes sense – especially if it’s someone who can handle multiple points on the diamond to give the Reds a bit more flexibility.
  • this Phillies They took a heavy blow with the disclosure last week. Bryce Harper required a full Tommy John procedure. The Phils have announced that Harper is expected to return as a stick-only option by All-Star Break when playing away again at some point in the second half. Baseball operations head Dave Dombrowski left open the possibility of an earlier return this week (link via Atletic’s Matt Gelb), but suggested he didn’t want to envision a more optimistic timeline. “In my own head, I’m looking at the All-Star lineup. Everything before that is greatsaid Dombrowski. The senior manager downplayed the Phils’ need to add an outfielder in response to the surgery, pointing out that any recovery would lose daily playing time when Harper returns. DH only forces the role Kyle Schwarber and Nick Castellanos regularly into the corner outfield to wing the midfielder. Brandon’s Swampright-handed Matt Vierling ready as the fourth outfielder. Dombrowski, Phils”open minded”to the possibility of adding on the grass,“not a priority for us.
  • Adding something to the goal, definitely, Metsseeing each Adam Ottavino, Seth Lugo, Trevor Williams, Joey Rodriguez and Trevor May Shoot free agency. Athletic’s Will Sammon reports that New York is one of several teams to review. Tommy KahnleAlthough warns that it’s unclear at this time how much interest the Mets have in free agency. Kahnle is an interesting reverse game. He lost nearly all of his 2020-21 rehab from Tommy John surgery, and renewed arm inflammation cost him nearly four months with the Dodgers last season. Kahnle allowed only four runs in 12 2/3 innings when he was healthy enough to shoot, but scored 14 points against three walks. The 33-year-old cast swaying hits in a massive 17.2% clip while leaning on the star change more than three-quarters of the time. Kahnle posted a 3.67 ERA with an outstanding strike rate of 35.5% in 72 games with the Yankees in 2019, his most recent full season.

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