Mariners, Indians, Rays Getting Together on Encarnacion, Santana, Bauers, Diaz Trade

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Mariners, Indians, Rays Getting Together on Encarnacion, Santana, Bauers, Diaz Trade

Chicago Cubs

How could you have a Winter Meetings without Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto making a trade? And how could that trade not somehow involve (1) weirdness and (2) the Rays?

Here’s the gist:

And reportedly, Encarnacion is eventually going to wind up with the Rays:

Basically, this was an extremely complicated way for the Mariners to unload Carlos Santana, who came to them as part of the Jean Segura trade. The Indians net two bats in the process (swapping Encarnacion for Santana, and adding Bauers), and they might not do much else on the offensive side this offseason, despite losing Michael Brantley to free agency.

As for the Rays, they’re making moves to try to compete in 2019. They were sneaky decent last year, despite making absolutely no attempt whatsoever to improve in the offseason, so this time around they might try to actually add a few wins. Good for them.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.