BoSox Seek Santana

MLB Hot Stove League action is already heating up, as the Boston Red Sox are interested in signing Indians free agent first baseman Carlos Santana, according to a report in the Boston Globe. The Red Sox will reportedly meet with Santana’s agents during baseball’s general manager meetings that run until November 17th in Orlando, Florida. Boston is looking for power after finishing 27th in the Majors with 168 home runs in 2017. They were ninth in 2016 with 208. Santana hit 23 home runs and drove in 79 runs in 154 games for the Tribe. He scored 90 runs and walked 88 times. The Indians made Santana a $17.4 million qualifying offer earlier this month. He has until Thursday to decide whether to accept the offer, but is expected to reject it, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. The Indians do have contingency plans at first base if they lose Santana, with Edwin Encarnacion, Lonnie Chisenhall, or even the injury-prone Michael Brantley at first.