This offseason, I will be diving into the notable moves made and their impact to their individual teams and potential fantasy baseball implications.
Finally some real action in Vegas. A three team deal has been announced between the Rays, Indians, and Mariners.
- 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion
- Comp Pick (Round B, Pick #77 from CLE)
- 1B/DH Carlos Santana
- 1B/OF Jake Bauers
- Cash considerations ($5M from TB + $1M from SEA)
- UTIL Yandy Diaz
- P Cole Sulser
For the Rays:
They trade the only real 1B on their roster to CLE (and cash to Mariners for some reason) for a 27 year old utility infielder with no power or speed and a 29 year old minor league pitcher… not even a prospect. This makes zero sense for the Rays.
Grade – F
For the Indians:
The Indians shifted some money around and brought back a familiar face in Carlos Santana. Santana is owed $35M over the next 2 seasons vs Encarnacion’s $25M in 2019. The end game here is they now owe Santana $29M over 2 years, rather than $25M to EE for one year. Plus they get a useful bench bat in Bauers.
Grade – B+
For the Mariners:
Finally, Dipoto wins a deal! The Mariners basically took on ~$6M in 2019 to clear their 2020 books AND got a comp pick in round B… and they can probably move EE pretty easily if they wanted to. Even if they don’t move EE, they save a ton of money and could potentially strike gold in the draft and add to their system. GREAT move for the Mariners.
Grade – A
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