The Cleveland Indians continue to wheel and deal this offseason. They have traded first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and the 77th pick in the 2019 competitive balance draft to the Seattle Mariners. Catcher/ first baseman Carlos Santana (Seattle) and first baseman Jake Bauers (Tampa Bay) will go to Cleveland. The Tampa Bay Rays will get third baseman Yandy Diaz (Cleveland) and minor league pitcher Cole Sulser (Cleveland).
This is a trade that could actually work out for all three teams. Encarnacion is 35 years old. His batting average last season with the Cleveland Indians was .246 with 32 home runs and 107 RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. Edwin Encarnacion’s on-base percentage last season was .336. He has two years remaining on his contract and Encarnacion will be owed $20 million each year.
Carlos Santana was traded from the Philadelphia Phillies to the Seattle Mariners earlier in the offseason. Santana’s batting average last season was .229 with 24 home runs and 86 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .352.
Bauer’s batting average last season was .201 with 11 home runs and 48 RBI’s, along with six stolen bases. His on-base percentage was .316 with the Tampa Bay Rays. He is only 23 years old and Jake Bauers has a lot of potential to be good in the MLB and he showed glimpses of it last season with Tampa Bay.
Yandy Diaz is 27 years old. His batting average with the Cleveland Indians last season was .312 with one home run and 15 RBI’s. Diaz’s on-base percentage was .375.
Cole Sulser is 28 years old and he will report to Triple-A with the Durham Bulls. His record in the minors last season was 8-4 with a 3.86 ERA. In 60.2 innings pitched, Sulser has given up 55 hits and 31 runs. He has walked 17 batters and struck out 95.