BREAKING: 3-Team Deal, Swap of First Basemen
In the 3-Team deal between the Tampa Bay Rays, Cleveland Indians and Seattle Mariners, the major shake up consists of first basemen Edwin Encarnacion, and Carlos Santana who will swap uniforms as Encarnacion will go to Seattle, while Santana will return to the Indians. Along with Encarnacion, and Santana, the Tampa Bay Rays will send 1B/OF Jake Bauers, 23, to Cleveland and receive IF Yandy Diaz, 27, and RHP Cole Suslers, 28.
This is the second time this offseason that Santana has been traded, as he previously was included in the blockbuster deal along with Philadelphia Phillies’ prospect J.P. Crawford to Seattle, in exchange for Jean Segura who went to Philadelphia. Santana hit .229, with 24 home runs and 84 runs batted in, in his first season with the Phillies after signing a 3 year, $60 million deal. Although Santana held his power numbers similar to his career average, he saw a decline in his batting average as he saw a 30 point decline from his final season with the Indians where he hit .259, 23 home runs and 79 runs batted in. Now back with the Indians, Santana looks to return to form and be a valuable piece to the Indians lineup and defensive improvement over Encarnacion.
As for the Seattle Mariners, who has had a busy offseason trading away key players; James Paxton, Robinson Cano, Alex Colome, Ediwin Diaz, amongst others, they will acquire 3-Time All Star Encarnacion. Encarnacion is one of the most lethal and consistent power sluggers across the league, as he has career averages of a .264 batting average, 34 HR and 104 RBI in 14 seasons. In his two years with the Indians, Encarnacion hovered around his career averages, hitting .252 with 70 home runs and 214 runs batted in, over 294 games and will help with the loss of production that will be missed from Cano.
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