The Seattle Mariners have acquired slugger Edwin Encarnacion from Cleveland, sending Carlos Santana back to the Indians as part of a three-team trade that also includes the Tampa Bay Rays, it was announced Thursday.
The Indians will receive first baseman Jake Bauers from the Rays, while Tampa Bay will get third baseman Yandy Diaz from Cleveland. The Indians also are sending minor league pitcher Cole Sulser to the Rays and the 77th pick in the 2019 competitive balance draft to the Mariners.
Encarnacion will provide a middle-of-the-lineup bat for a Mariners club that has lost quite a bunch of major-league talent over the past few weeks. During the 2018 season, Encarnacion slashed .246/.336/.474 with 32 home runs and 107 RBI. Though the soon-to-be 36-year-old still has steadily put up these raw numbers for most of this decade, his .810 OPS was by far his lowest since 2011.
“We’re excited to add a proven offensive performer in Edwin Encarnación,” Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. “In addition, by adding another draft pick for 2019, we have another opportunity to add to the talent in our minor league system.”
This is interesting considering the Mariners shedding their lineup and getting ride of everyone on their roster, especially those over the age 30.
Do not be shocked if the Mariners send Encarnacion to another team in order to get more prospects.
Welcome to Seattle, @Encadwin!
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) December 13, 2018