Although hot new Yankee slugger Giancarlo Stanton was surrounded by an eye-popping 30 women on New Year’s Eve at hot spot LIV in Miami, we hear that one beauty in particular seemed to catch his attention, Brazilian model Mariana Santana. A spy at the Monster Cable-presented party said: “He walked in with his friends and went to the DJ booth and did a shot. Like five or 10 minutes later, he left to get Mariana in when she couldn’t get past the door. She’s really pretty”. Santana, 24, has walked for Céline, Givenchy and Dior, and appeared in Vogue Brazil and Vogue Italia. The former Miami Marlins outfielder and Santana were also seen spending time together in a group the night before, where they also hung out at LIV, says a spy. A rep for Stanton said, “The story isn’t accurate. He said he’s not dating her and they were not at LIV together. The 2017 National League MVP and MLB home run leader Stanton was previously linked to Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model Sara Sampaio. He was traded to the Yankees in December, with the team taking over his $265 million contract. The player has been endlessly celebrating his move from Miami by partying there before he heads to the Yankees next season. Page Six reported that he has also been seen out on the town with stars including rappers 2 Chainz and Rick Ross during Miami Art Week.
Clayton Kershaw recently joined Dallas radio station The Ticket KTCK to talk about a wide range of topics. Clayton told how he feels about Yu Darvish: “Yeah, Yu’s awesome. I think he was great when he came over. He speaks great English, so I got to talk to him a lot. He’s actually my throwing partner this offseason, we’ve been throwing every day. It’s been great to get to know him. That World Series was tough, but nobody remembers the start against the Diamondbacks, or that start against the Cubs that got us to the World Series. I mean, he was dominant for us”.
FA righty Matt Garza is set to undergo surgery for a torn right shoulder labrum. It seems the injury was sustained in a mid-season collision that knocked Garza out of commission for a time but did not end his season. Now 34 years of age, Garza just wrapped up a four-year, $50MM deal with Milwaukee. (The contract had included an option provision, but it was voided when he reached an appearances threshold.) His future as a pitcher appears uncertain now that he’s facing down a significant procedure. As McCalvy notes, Garza was throwing rather well when he crashed into Brewers first baseman Jesus Aguilar on June 3rd. Though he landed on the DL, Garza returned and pitched through the injury — the extent of which was evidently not fully appreciated or fully expressed at that time. He continued to provide solid frames for the Brewers for a while and never really exhibited a velocity loss. Nevertheless, Garza lost his edge in an ugly run of outings during August. The tough finish to the 2017 season left Garza with 114 2/3 innings of 4.94 ERA ball. Though he did manage to top the century mark in frames in each of his four seasons in Milwaukee, Garza only managed a 4.65 earned run average during his time there. Prior to signing on with the Brewers, of course, Garza had been a steadily useful pitcher, with a 3.84 ERA and 7.6 K/9 against 3.0 BB/9 through over a thousand MLB innings. He turned in a solid first campaign, with a 3.64 ERA through 27 outings, but things trended sharply south in 2015 and Garza never full returned to form.
The Tigers have agreed to a minors deal with veteran catcher Brayan Pena. It is not known at this time whether he’ll receive an invitation to MLB Spring Training, though that certainly seems likely. As things stand, Detroit seems fairly likely to enter the season with John Hicksbacking up James McCann behind the dish. But the organization now has a pair of veterans that could push for a job in camp, with Pena joining Derek Norris as non-roster options. (As regards Norris, those interested in learning more about the team’s somewhat controversial decision to sign him will want to read this piece from Katie Strang of The Athletic). As for Pena, he’ll be looking to break back into the majors after a 2017 season in which he failed to earn any MLB time for the first time since his debut year of 2005. Pena spent last season at Triple-A with the Royals organization, where he hit .274/.308/.298 in just 134 plate appearances. Previously, though, Pena enjoyed a rather lengthy history in the majors. After functioning as a fairly heavily utilized reserve for a few seasons with the Royals and Tigers — the latter of which received one of his best overall seasons in 2013 — Pena signed a two-year deal with the Reds. He ended up receiving extensive action in 2014-15 in Cincinnati, but managed only a .263/.313/.339 batting line there and has not received meaningful MLB time since. In 1,950 total trips to the plate in his career, he has turned in a .259/.299/.351 batting line with 23 home runs. That’s not an immense amount of offensive output, to be sure, but he has obviously long been valued as a steady contributor in a backup role and will at least represent an important depth piece for the Tigers.