By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Seattle Mariners acquired first baseman/designated hitter Edwin Encarnación to the Cleveland Indians. The Mariners also included a compensatory Round B draft pick in the package to acquire first baseman/designated hitter Carlos Santana.
The Tampa Bay Rays were also a part of this deal. They sent cash to the Mariners.
In addition, the Rays traded first baseman/left fielder Jake Bauers to the Indians, who then sent first baseman/third baseman Yandy Díaz and pitching prospect Cole Sulser to the Indians.
“We’re excited to add a proven offensive performer in Edwin Encarnación,” Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. “In addition, by adding another draft pick for 2019, we have another opportunity to add to the talent in our minor league system.”
Dipoto reportedly made the deal from a hospital bed after being at the MLB Winter Meetings.
This is the second deal for Santana in recent days, as he was acquired by the Mariners on December 3rd. He was shipped to the Great Northwest, along with J.P. Crawford, to the Mariners for shortstop Jean Segura, pitcher Juan Nicasio, and James Pazos.
Now, Santana returns to the Indians after spending one season with the Phillies. He had signed a three-year, $60 million deal with the Phillies following the 2017 season.
This past season, the 32-year-old Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native had a .229 batting average with 24 home runs and 86 RBIs in 161 games. Santana also had 28 doubles and two triples, along with 82 runs, in 128 hits.
The 35-year-old La Romana, Dominican Republic native had a .246 batting average with 32 home runs and 107 RBIs in 137 games. Encarnación — Santana’s former teammate — also had 16 doubles and one triple, along with 74 runs, on 123 hits.
The 23-year-old Newport Beach, California native had a .201 batting average with 11 runs and 48 RBIs in 96 games. Bauers also had 22 doubles, two triples, with 48 runs on 65 hits.
The 27-year-old Sagua la Grande, Cuba native had a .312 batting average with one home run and 15 RBIs in 39 games. Diaz also had five doubles, two triples and 15 runs on 34 hits.
The 28-year-old Poway, California native pitched at the Double-A level in 2018 with the Akron RubberDucks. Sulser had a 3-0 record in six games.