Instant Analysis – Rays/Indians/Mariners 3-Way Trade

A quick look into the 3 team trade with the Rays, Indians, and Mariners

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.

Mariners receive:

  • 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion
  • Comp Pick (Round B, Pick #77 from CLE)

Indians receive:

  • 1B/DH Carlos Santana
  • 1B/OF Jake Bauers
  • Cash considerations ($5M from TB + $1M from SEA)

Rays receive:

  • 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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Instant Analysis – Ivan Nova traded to the White Sox

A quick look into the trade of Ivan Nova to the White Sox

Nova

This offseason, I will be diving into the notable moves made and their impact to their individual teams and potential fantasy baseball implications.

In a very under-the-radar trade made during the Winter Meetings, the Pirates traded SP Ivan Nova to the White Sox for prospect SP Yordi Rosario and $500k in international signing slot money.

For the White Sox:

They receive a much-needed SP with the ability to eat innings.  Over the past three seasons, Nova has averaged 170 IP per year with a 4.16 ERA and a nice 1.7 BB/9.  However, the guy isn’t going to strike many guys out or blow you away with anything in particular… but you can count on him suiting up every five days and that is rare in the Southside.  I think the Sox would’ve been better off signing someone via free agency, but they didn’t give up much.

Grade – C-

 

For the Pirates:

This part is easy… they save ~$9.2M and receive $500k in international spending money.   In Rosario, they get what I like to call a “lotto ticket”.  This is a 19 year old kid in rookie ball with decent stats (56 IP in 2018, 2.89 ERA and 70 K/12 BB).  Will he make it to the majors?  Probably not.  But the move allows the Buc to reallocate those dollars to areas of need.  Nova won’t necessarily be missed in a rotation including Archer, Taillon, Williams, Musgrove, Kuhl, and Keller.  A good move for Pittsburgh to find someone to take his entire contract off your hands and net a marginal return.

Grade – B

 

 

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