The Cleveland Indians reacquired fan favourite Carlos Santana and despatched slugger Edwin Encarnacion to Seattle in a three-team business Thursday that still concerned Tampa Bay.
The Rays were given infielder Yandy Diaz and minor league right-hander Cole Sulser from Cleveland. The Indians additionally bought first baseman Jake Bauers from Tampa Bay, whilst the Mariners wound up with a draft select. Tampa Bay will ship $five million to Seattle and the Mariners can pay $6 million to Cleveland.
Seattle basic supervisor Jerry Dipoto completed the business whilst in a medical institution. He fell in poor health throughout the wintry weather conferences and was once checked “out of an abundance of warning,” the Mariners mentioned.
Coming off their 3rd immediately AL Central, the Indians have been anticipated to make a transfer on the conferences, possibly with ace Corey Kluber or pitcher Trevor Bauer.
As an alternative, they jettisoned Encarnacion — the designated hitter has averaged 108 RBIs over the past seven seasons — and taken again the preferred Santana.
“Now not certain tips on how to really feel,” Indians celebrity Jose Ramirez tweeted after the deal.
The 32-year-old Santana, recognized for his energy and talent to attract walks, spent the primary 8 seasons of his profession in Cleveland prior to signing a $60 million, three-year take care of Philadelphia ultimate offseason.
Philadelphia despatched Santana to the rebuilding Mariners this month in a change that incorporated All-Celebrity shortstop Jean Segura. Santana, liked by means of Indians lovers much more after he left, nonetheless has $35 million left on his contract.
Santana hit .229 with 24 house runs and 86 RBIs whilst strolling 110 occasions because the Phillies’ first baseman ultimate season. He’s owed $17 million subsequent season and $17.five million in 2020, a part of a deal that features a $17.five million workforce possibility for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout.
Encarnacion, who turns 36 subsequent month, had 107 RBIs whilst hitting 32 homers and .246. He leads the majors in homers and RBIs since 2012.
“We are excited so as to add a confirmed offensive performer in Edwin Encarnacion,” Dipoto mentioned in a observation. “As well as, by means of including any other draft select for 2019, we now have any other alternative so as to add to the ability in our minor league device.”
Encarnacion is assured $25 million: $20 million subsequent season and a $five million buyout of a $25 million membership possibility for 2020.
Seattle will get a aggressive stability spherical B draft select, lately projected at 77th total.
The busy Mariners not too long ago traded celebrity 2nd baseman Robinson Cano and nearer Edwin Diaz, who led the majors in saves.
Tampa Bay was once desperate to get Yandy Diaz, who hit .283 with 28 RBIs in 88 video games for Cleveland within the ultimate two seasons. Very popular at 27, his alternatives have been restricted with the Indians as a result of they already had a skilled infield.
Diaz hit .312 in 39 video games for Cleveland this yr. The Cuban led the Triple-A Global League in on-base proportion.
“The important thing to this deal for us is how we really feel about Yandy Diaz,” mentioned Chaim Bloom, the Rays’ senior vice chairman of baseball operations. “We actually like his bat. He hasn’t gotten a chance to turn it continuously on the primary league degree simply being blocked by means of probably the most avid gamers that the Indians have had.”
“However we predict there may be numerous upside there,” he mentioned. “He is a 3rd baseman by means of business. He too can play first base. He is kicked across the outfield slightly bit. That and the truth that he is a right-handed hitter is a actually just right have compatibility for our roster.”
The 23-year-old Bauers made his primary league debut ultimate season and hit .201 with 11 homers and 48 RBIs in 96 video games for Tampa Bay.
Sulser, 28, spent ultimate season in Triple-A and Double-A, going a blended Eight-Four with a three.86 ERA in 47 reduction appearances.
Tampa Bay will ship the Mariners $2.five million in two installments by means of Would possibly 1 and Aug. 1 subsequent yr. Seattle will ship Cleveland a couple of $1 bills on or prior to Would possibly 1 and Aug. 1 subsequent yr, and $2 million on or prior to each and every of the ones dates in 2020.
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